Corona Dispatches: The Policy Corner Community Reports

November 24, 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!

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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

Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Can the Private Sector Do Better?

November 11, 2020

Target-setting initiatives have played an important role in generating climate ambition within the private sector. Businesses must now take further steps toward realizing their climate goals. Governments have an important role to play in ensuring that climate targets, extra-financial disclosure, and minimum energy performance standards are implemented and made mandatory for the private sector.

Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith

Trump’s Misguided Trade War

October 18, 2020

The US is in a trade war with China, fueled by President Trump’s belief that tariffs will bring manufacturing jobs back to the US. Trump’s misguided view of trade is rooted in the past and ignores the position of the US dollar as the leading currency of exchange. As China works toward achieving global technological leadership, the US is fighting a war on the wrong front.  

Lion Hubrich

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

A Smarter Approach to Europe’s Border Policy During the Pandemic

April 22, 2020 European Policy

Europe’s disorganized approach to border closures in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic undermines human rights, economic recovery, and European solidarity. There exists a smarter, safer approach to maintain open borders and prevent further spread of the virus.

Arthur Kaufman

Reforms Aren’t Zip Ties: Understanding Ukraine’s Current Struggle

March 14, 2020 Peace and Security

A desire for quick and easy fixes has emerged among the Ukrainian population. This desire is in part the result of a discrepancy between slow but steady political change and the public perception of stagnation. If this gap is not closed by increased communication measures, popular support for reforms will break off and jeopardize future progress.

Charlotte Felbinger, Klara Lindahl and Elena Leuschner