The COVID-19 Response: How Germany Outperformed the US

May 9, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how the German political and economic model has outperformed the United States’ model. Having followed a coordinated approach, applying lessons learned from the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, Germany was much better equipped to counter the fallout of the COVID-19 crisis than the US. The US should use the German experience to shape its own approach going forward and apply policy shifts that can support US citizens.

Michaela Nudo

An Abundance of Water, but None to Drink for First Nations in Canada

March 17, 2021

Most people in Canada can easily access clean drinking water. In First Nations communities, the situation is different. More than 50 First Nations communities live without access to clean drinking water. The Canadian government has a responsibility to resolve this human rights issue by enacting federal legislation to increase government accountability to First Nations communities, and by working with the communities to establish locally owned water authorities.

Chloe Bray

Sustainable Development Through International Arbitration?

March 7, 2021

The Investor-State Dispute Settlement System (ISDS) is an outdated system that needs to be reformed to reflect modern sustainable development objectives. Several ideas have been put forward to reform the ISDS, but none have led to change. Rather than imposing new mechanisms or overhauling the system altogether, the current ISDS system should be adapted to prioritize the Sustainable Development Goals.

Anne Blickhan

Time to Reconsider Voting at Climate Negotiations

February 15, 2021

Innovative and creative solutions are needed to tackle the climate emergency. The current consensus-based decision-making process at international climate negotiations is unable to catalyze sufficient climate action. It is time to reform the decision-making process and reconsider adopting more efficient procedural options such as smart voting.

Alejandra Guraieb

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