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.

Valeria Filippova

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.

Tea Cimini

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.

Hannah Elten

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.

Tom Josten

Child or Migrant?

September 25, 2017 Human Rights and International Law

While governments quarrel over closed borders, unaccompanied children that migrate to Europe in hope of a better life are often detained in inadequate conditions facing life threatening dangers, missing critical months of schooling and undergoing hardship that no person should endure, let alone a child. There is a need for harmonization of protection standards at the European level and a total abolition of the practice of detaining unaccompanied migrant children.

Alexandra Luisa Rinaldi

Seeking an International Climate Displacement Agreement

September 11, 2017

In this episode we have Alina Bill-Weilandt and Delia Roling who share their thoughts on climate displacement and why there is currently a gap in international law when it comes to recognizing the protection needs of those displaced by the effects of climate change.

Felix Hoffmann, Delia Roling and Alina Bill-Weilandt

Europe’s Bouncers, Europe’s Disgrace

September 5, 2017 European Policy

The European Union’s reaction to the so-called “refugee crisis“ has mainly included intensified externalization of migration controls. This approach is counterproductive because it exacerbates vulnerabilities, strengthens transnational criminal networks and blocks political capital for sustainable solutions. A new approach to European migration policy is urgently needed.

Felix Hoffmann

Russia Undeterred: The Failure of Smart Sanctions

August 15, 2017 Peace and Security

After three years of Western sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis, both a tightening and a relief of the “smart” punitive measures can make the arguably bad situation even worse.

Bianca Becca & Dmitriy Miryan

China and the IMF – Convergence or Conflict?

July 24, 2017 Economic Policy

China and the IMF have had a rocky relationship ever since the Fund’s founding in 1945. Despite the IMF’s recent efforts to better reflect China’s growing economic power within its organizational structure, the future of the two entities remains uncertain. This can be explained by conflicting interests on fiscal policy, the ambiguous behavior of the Chinese economic regime, and the failure of the IMF to fully adapt to the shifting weights of the world economy.

Riccardo Ramacci

“Beevelop” rural Ethiopia?

July 24, 2017

In this episode we are joined by Nadine Grimm-Pampe and we discuss land scarcity, land grabbing, international development cooperation and what beekeeping has to do with former US President Truman.

Krekar Mustafa, Felix Hoffmann & Nadine Grimm-Pampe