Afghan Women: Modernizing Global Practices of Peacebuilding?

January 15, 2021

Afghanistan is at a crossroads. Will Afghan women modernize global practices of peacebuilding or are the negotiations sticking to the traditional male-dominated path merely focused on military security? The road towards sustainable peace requires solidarity networks and inclusiveness for marginalized groups, especially women.

Claudio Lanza and Zakira Rasooli

Corona Dispatches: The Policy Corner Community Reports

December 8, 2020

The Corona Dispatches are short updates on the situation in different countries around the world, written by members and friends of The Policy Corner. You would like to write a dispatch for us? No problem — just get in touch with us at submissions@policycorner.org, we look forward to hearing from you!

The Policy Corner

A Future-proof Food System is Plant-based

November 25, 2020

The way we eat – especially in the Global North – harms human and planetary health. Diseases caused by animal-based diets are on the rise, while 690 million people worldwide suffer from hunger. The solution to a healthier, more climate-friendly, and resilient food system are plant-based diets.

Laura Reiner

Children – A Blind Spot of Peace and Security

November 18, 2020

Children dominate the visual representation of conflict in the media, but they are rarely consulted in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Since children play vital roles in conflicts and determine the chances for sustained peace in the long-term, successful peacebuilding should address their post-conflict needs. The UN, local, and international actors should give children a voice and meaningful ways to participate in the process.

Sofie Lilli Stoffel

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

How Germany Can Revive its Start-up Sector

May 9, 2020 Economic Policy

The German start-up landscape currently lacks international competitiveness. Existing legislation makes it difficult for start-ups to attract and retain highly skilled workers without taking on a large financial burden. Revising the regulatory framework for employee stock option plans could help solve this issue.

Maximilian Richter

The Yellow Vest Movement: Lessons Learned from a Flawed Government Response

May 5, 2020 Politics and Society

The French Yellow Vest Movement highlighted two major determinants of success in protest movements: favorable public opinion and high collective morale. It also showed that the French government needs to refocus its protest mitigation strategy more on these two fronts in order to minimize and avoid future protest movements.

Ediz Topcuoğlu

Climate over Justice? Understanding Civil Disobedience Through the Lens of John Rawls

May 2, 2020 Politics and Society

From Mahatma Gandhi to Susan B. Anthony and Extinction Rebellion – civil disobedience has changed policies throughout history. John Rawls developed means to better understand when and in what form civil disobedience is justified. We see that XR isn’t a movement of the disenfranchised and needs to introduce climate councils at all levels to produce more inclusive outcomes.

Mareike Peschau

2019: We seed, we know, we rised, we wake

April 27, 2020 Politics and Society

Uprisings spread worldwide in 2019, using similar triggers and tactics. Some changes have been accomplished, from politicians’ resignations to derogation of laws and reforms. Social awakening can be considered the biggest revolutionary shift, leading to an unprecedented collective consciousness across countries. Governments should address this emergence by institutionalising civil society initiatives.

Maria Chiara Zeri and Ricardo Henao Galvis