Securing a Connection: Governments’ Future in the World of Tech
July 20, 2019
Tech companies are transforming global power dynamics but their antagonistic relationships with governments threaten a future where societies can fully benefit from the fast-paced creation of technologies. Cooperation is needed to achieve true progress by successfully adapting to the transformative consequences of tech phenomena such as digitalization and the rise of big data.
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.
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.
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.
The EU Emissions Trading System: A Sleeping Giant
September 17, 2018European Policy
The EU Emissions Trading System is failing at incentivizing low-carbon innovation needed to reach decarbonization by mid-century. Current research suggests that regulatory uncertainty of the EU ETS keeps its market participants from considering the long-term goals behind the emissions trading system. Different reform options are at hand to enhance long-term regulatory credibility and revive the world’s largest climate policy instrument.
In Limbo: Protecting Syrian Refugees in Lebanon
September 12, 2018Human 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.
Getting It Right With Oil
August 2, 2018Development 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, 2018Energy 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.
Diaspora Politics and the Growing Influence of Sharp Powers
July 9, 2018Politics 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.
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 […]