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The Investor-State Dispute Settlement System (ISDS) is an outdated system that needs to be reformed to reflect modern sustainable development objectives.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

Three Policy Shifts to Harness the Potential of Technological Progress

March 8, 2020 Politics and Society

Technological progress as it stands today focuses on irrelevant questions and ignores possible dangers, instead of leveraging democratization and social mobility. Three policy shifts are necessary to stop wasting the potential of technological progress.

Nicolas Zahn

Combatting Corruption: An Institutional Economics Approach for More Integration in the Eurozone

February 10, 2020 European Policy

This article defends an enforceable EU anti-corruption mechanism to restore trust between creditor and debtor countries of the Eurozone. Through an institutional economics approach, it argues that strengthening national institutions is key for further economic integration because accumulating debt is possible so long as institutions are competent, such as Belgium and France.

Johann Diaz Manzano

Désir d’indépendance et interdépendance Européenne : un paradoxe à résoudre

February 6, 2020 European Policy

L’interdépendance croissante des pays et des peuples européens d’une part, et la montée du sentiment ainsi que des mouvements politiques anti-européens d’autre part, constituent un paradoxe, qu’il convient de résoudre en promouvant l’européanité via un renforcement des coopérations transfrontalières.

Théodore Tallent & Meryl Merran

Essay Competition: Protest Movements – A Vehicle For Change?

January 30, 2020 Politics and Society

From Hong Kong to Santiago, and Baghdad to Paris. Unique in their causes, united in their ambitions: Change. In 2019, people all around the globe took to the streets to make their voices heard through public protest. As part of its January 2020 essay competition, The Policy Corner invites you to submit your analysis, ideas, […]

The Policy Corner

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

December 16, 2019 Politics and Society

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

Academic Freedom in Singapore and Around the World

November 9, 2019

In this episode, Alicja Polakiewicz from the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin (gppi.net) discusses what the cancellation of a class at a University in Singapore tells us about the state of academic freedom and what it means for academia around the world. You can read Alicja’s article on the situation in Singapore here. Please […]

Felix Hoffmann