Data as a Resource? A Simplistic Metaphor and its Policy Implications

December 16, 2019

The notion that personal data is “the new oil” is as ubiquitous as it is powerful, but it has misguided policies on many levels. This notion justifies institutions that drive unequal transactions between individuals and platform enterprises, as well as protectionist international policies. A fairer digital economy requires a move beyond the simplistic view of data as a resource.

Christopher Olk

Intangible Value: The Economics of Wellbeing

October 24, 2019

Economic theory is due for a shakeup. After the forty-year dominance of the neoliberal paradigm, it is time for academics and policymakers to once again ask the question: what does success really look like? The economics of wellbeing might provide an answer.

Hamish Dick

The Fecklessness of Strategic Patience: How to Save the Iran Deal

October 18, 2019

The escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran has made the breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal seem to be a foregone conclusion. Even at this late stage, however, the accord can still be saved if the EU is willing to abandon its policy of passivity.

Michael Trinkwalder

CALL FOR PAPERS: EU ON THE MOVE

October 14, 2019

We want to hear your analysis, ideas, and recommendations on the topic “EU on the Move.” In submitting your paper, you will be competing with your peers for the chance to have your article published on the Policy Corner website at policycorner.org. All articles are subject to double-blind peer review, providing contributors constructive feedback on their argument and writing.

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A New Parliament for the Eurozone?

April 5, 2019 European Policy

European economic policy is suffering from a democratic deficit, leading to calls for a separate parliamentary assembly for the Eurozone. Parliamentary involvement in economic affairs is needed to regain legitimacy and transparency and should be a top priority for Eurozone states.

Gabriele Furia

Diplomatic Gains in Yemen: The Next Steps to Consolidation

March 8, 2019 Peace and Security

The international community and local warring parties have made important progress towards achieving peace in Yemen in the last few months. The US should actively support this positive momentum by investing its resources in local peacebuilding efforts.

Margot Jones

Hypersonic Weapons: The New Grand Equalizer for Deterrence?

January 13, 2019 Peace and Security

Hypersonic technology, largely viewed as a threat to national security, could balance the capabilities of nuclear weapons states and restore deterrence to a pre-missile defense proliferation state. In light of the recent US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, states should pursue multilateral regulation of hypersonic technology. Improved detection systems are needed for functioning deterrence.

Laurin Hofmeister

A Multilateral Approach to Integrating Rising Powers

November 22, 2018 Peace and Security

The rise of great and regional powers is changing the power structure of the international system. In order to best maintain peace and stability in this new multipolar era, a multilateral approach through the United Nations that promotes cooperation and collective solutions to geopolitical challenges should be embraced.

Matthew T. Jabłoński

Delivering on the Promise of Inclusive Global Value Chains

October 23, 2018 Development and Global Health

International organizations, governments, and private actors argue that participation in Global Value Chains (GVCs) is a promising development opportunity. Yet, the discussion around GVCs neglects to a large part the social consequences of GVC participation. To assure inclusive GVCs, we need better data, a rethinking of how countries join value chains, and an emphasis on protective institutions.

Fabio Thoma

“What is to Be Done” about Russia?

September 23, 2018 European Policy

To counter Russian actions of destabilization and deter future incursion into Eastern Europe, NATO should enhance its eastern flank military capabilities and increase the presence of conventional troops in the Baltics. The EU should simultaneously expand and extend its sanctions on Russia for illegal actions in Ukraine in 2014.

Leanne Iorio