U.S. vs. China? Cooperation in Telecommunications in East Africa
May 3, 2022
Some Western political strategists suggest a “Tech Cold War” is playing out in Africa between China and the U.S. Based on case studies from Ethiopia and Kenya, this perspective neglects the actual state of affairs. Instead of searching for “China-free” actors, the West should take the rationale of each project as a yardstick to stay engaged and relevant in the emerging African information and communications technology sector.
Devolved Governance: Enhancing the Resilience of Cities
March 9, 2022
This article explores the advantages of devolved governance in city planning instead of a centralized approach. Transferring decision-making power from central government to the local level can equip cities with the flexibility to respond to critical policy areas such sustainable infrastructure and quality social housing.
Achieving Integration for Immigrants in Iceland
November 10, 2021
Despite introducing ground-breaking social policies, Iceland lacks a cohesive approach to ensure the successful integration of immigrants. This group is left unprotected against hidden discrimination in the housing, employment, and education sectors. The successful integration of immigrants should involve treating them as agents of positive change in society.
For the Sake of Emirati Women: Equal Citizenship
October 29, 2021
Citizenship rights are crucial for the protection of a nation’s citizens. Yet in the UAE women face arbitrary discrimination in citizenship and immigration law. The law deprives women of the ability to confer citizenship on their foreign husbands and children. Gender-focused reform, alongside regional efforts, is necessary to stop this discrimination.
Samira Maryam Mohammed Ashraf
A Future-proof Food System is Plant-based
November 25, 2020Development and Global Health
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.
Children – A Blind Spot of Peace and Security
November 18, 2020Peace and Security
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, 2020Energy and Environment
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.
Trump’s Misguided Trade War
October 18, 2020Economic Policy
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.
A Call to Action: Europe in a Post-American World
August 2, 2020European Policy
Faced with a historic crisis spawned by COVID-19, the United States has withdrawn from its role as a moral and material leader within the international system. The EU and its Member States must react swiftly both internally and externally to address the complex challenges of the emerging multi-polar world.
Matthew T. Jabłoński
Fighting Back: Lessons Learned from Ghana’s Battle Against COVID-19
July 23, 2020Development and Global Health
Ghana’s government reacted quickly and practically to the pandemic, an approach that can serve as an example in the exchange of lessons learned between states. The country undertook a timely closure of borders, targeted lockdowns in epicenters, and enhanced contact tracing. This was made possible by allowing experts to lead the discussions and by taking into account local factors and developments.