Avoiding Babel: Improving Climate Change Communication

May 28, 2019

One of the major obstacles to climate change policy is denialism. The discrepancy between our linear way of thinking and the systemic nature of climate change is a key obstacle to action against climate change. A change in communication strategies is essential for success.

Tea Cimini

The Art of Peace: Saving Arms Control

May 13, 2019

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Agreement is all but dead. In order to minimize the risk of a new arms race, the EU should strengthen its efforts to include China in the dialogue on arms control.

Hannah Elten

Privatized Development Aid: A Path to Nowhere

May 9, 2019

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are increasingly replacing official development aid, as stated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. But PPPs have flaws in important areas such as accounta-bility and transparency. Their effectiveness in improving value for money, especially in developing countries, is subject to debate.

Tom Josten

Can We Nudge the Diabetes Crisis Away? A UK Perspective

April 16, 2019

Tackling the growing diabetes crisis with short-term behavioral-inspired lifestyle interventions is a positive step forward, but not enough to ensure long-term behavioral change. The UK government must also address the structural issues contributing to diabetes using traditional economic policies such as extending the sugar tax and enacting stricter advertising regulations and zoning laws.

Martha Selwyn

In Limbo: Protecting Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

September 12, 2018 Human Rights and International Law

In the wake of the first few hundred Syrian refugees voluntarily returning from Lebanon to war-torn Syria, it is imperative that Lebanon reassesses its obligations as a host country. Whilst it is unlikely that Lebanon will become party to the refugee convention, an updated Memorandum of Understanding with the UNHCR could be the solution.

Charlotte Massey

Getting It Right With Oil

August 2, 2018 Development and Global Health

Ghana is losing revenue from its oil resources due to ineffective taxation, bad contracts and institutional weakness. It requires contract renegotiation and implementation of a wind-fall profit tax in order to maximize revenue from the country’s oil.

Isaac Newton Bortey

To Succeed, Cap-and-trade Must Be Revamped

July 14, 2018 Energy and Environment

At first glance, climate change seems an intractable problem. Cap-and-trade could provide the solution. But first, it needs reforms and better communication.

Luke Sherman

Diaspora Politics and the Growing Influence of Sharp Powers

July 9, 2018 Politics and Society

In recent years, authoritarian and semi-authoritarian states have used technological advancements to extend influence or control over “their” diaspora for political purposes. Recent examples of this are troubling: as the long arms of authoritarian states increasingly undermine social cohesion and democratic values, the need for adequate policy responses in democratic states has become urgent.

Laura Meijer

Keeping up with China’s Clean Energy Revolution

May 13, 2018

Great to have you back for episode 9 of our policycorner.org podcast series! Our guest today is Jill van de Walle and she discusses China’s newfound ambitions in the renewable energy sector. She also explains what this means for the European Union and the global fight against climate change. With China projecting dominance in many […]

Jill van de Walle & Felix Hoffmann

Keeping up with China’s Clean Energy Revolution

April 19, 2018 Energy and Environment

China is taking a leading role in the clean energy transition and improving its position in renewable energy innovation. The EU must engage with China in renewable energy research and development if it wants to accelerate the clean energy transition and drive global climate change action.

Jill van de Walle