The COVID-19 Response: How Germany Outperformed the US

May 9, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how the German political and economic model has outperformed the United States’ model. Having followed a coordinated approach, applying lessons learned from the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, Germany was much better equipped to counter the fallout of the COVID-19 crisis than the US. The US should use the German experience to shape its own approach going forward and apply policy shifts that can support US citizens.

Michaela Nudo

An Abundance of Water, but None to Drink for First Nations in Canada

March 17, 2021

Most people in Canada can easily access clean drinking water. In First Nations communities, the situation is different. More than 50 First Nations communities live without access to clean drinking water. The Canadian government has a responsibility to resolve this human rights issue by enacting federal legislation to increase government accountability to First Nations communities, and by working with the communities to establish locally owned water authorities.

Chloe Bray

Sustainable Development Through International Arbitration?

March 7, 2021

The Investor-State Dispute Settlement System (ISDS) is an outdated system that needs to be reformed to reflect modern sustainable development objectives. Several ideas have been put forward to reform the ISDS, but none have led to change. Rather than imposing new mechanisms or overhauling the system altogether, the current ISDS system should be adapted to prioritize the Sustainable Development Goals.

Anne Blickhan

Time to Reconsider Voting at Climate Negotiations

February 15, 2021

Innovative and creative solutions are needed to tackle the climate emergency. The current consensus-based decision-making process at international climate negotiations is unable to catalyze sufficient climate action. It is time to reform the decision-making process and reconsider adopting more efficient procedural options such as smart voting.

Alejandra Guraieb

Police Brutality in Brazil: A State of War?

July 20, 2020 Human Rights and International Law

Brazil’s government attempts to legalize extrajudicial killings by the police, legitimizing them with the ‘war on drugs.’ Leaders in the international community should instead encourage the Brazilian government to address the systemic inequality fueling drug-related crimes rather than perpetrate violence against its citizens.

Emma Faverio

The Great Indian Lockdown: Internal Migrants Fight for Their Livelihoods

July 11, 2020 Human Rights and International Law

As the world fights the COVID-19 pandemic, internal migrant workers in India are struggling to survive during the country’s lockdown. The central and state governments can resolve this tragedy by improving local conditions and developing inclusive policies for internal migrant workers.

Lahari Chakraborty

Sharing But Not Caring?

June 22, 2020 Economic Policy

Renting, repairing and redistributing instead of hyper-consumption and ownership-the sharing economy seems to revolutionize market capitalism. But can the sharing economy really be a sustainable alternative to market capitalism and create a new socio-economic system for the 21st century? Or is it just another neoliberal experiment in disguise, creating ever more powerful platform owners and disempowered workers? 

Claudia Bothe

The Financing of Water: Putting the Trust in Conservation

May 31, 2020 Energy and Environment

The reliability and quality of freshwater resources depends on a variety of environmental factors. As policymaking often takes place in silos when it comes to financing water security, we need a more holistic approach to the protection and provision of freshwater resources. By encouraging water trust funds that allow for a decentralized and nature-based approach to water governance, countries can better tackle challenges of water security and improve the health of ecosystems. 

Rebecca Sands

Increasing the Legitimacy of Advocative NGOs Through Representation

May 20, 2020 Politics and Society

Advocacy NGOs often face challenges from political actors questioning their legitimacy. A new approach of introducing electorates nationally or regionally to grassroots organizations might protect them against such political attacks, and also serve to increase their legitimacy. The Hungarian Independent Student Parliament provides a potential model that could be replicated in other similar NGOs in and beyond Hungary.

Gáspár Bekes

Restoring Trust and Building Bridges: Addressing Online Radicalization in Africa

May 17, 2020 Peace and Security

Terrorists use the internet and social media to radicalize youth by exploiting general distrust in governments. African governments have responded to this threat by passing politically motivated internet limitation laws, which only exacerbate existing grievances and mistrust. Instead, African governments should build upon existing models of community policing and embrace an inclusive regional community online policing consortium through the leadership of the African Union.

Catheline Bosibori Nyabwengi and Grace Atuhaire