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.
“Beevelop” rural Ethiopia?
March 11, 2017Development and Global Health
In Ethiopia, scarcity of land is becoming a challenge for a country that is highly dependent on agriculture. New economic activities that reduce pressure on land are necessary, and beekeeping can be part of a solution.
Seizing the Benefits of Brexit
February 27, 2017Peace and Security
Brexit offers a window of opportunity to boost European defense collaboration. France and Germany should take a leading role, seizing the momentum to push for further integration and a common European defense Union.
Seeking an International Climate Displacement Agreement
February 15, 2017Energy and Environment
Millions of people will be forcefully displaced by climate change impacts in the coming years. The international community urgently needs to reach an international climate displacement agreement in order to recognize their status as climate refugees and protect them under international law.
Alina Bill-Weilandt & Delia Roling
Trumping the Politics of Torture
February 5, 2017Human Rights and International Law
The refusal of the United States to adhere to global norms on torture is undermining the foundations of the human rights movement. As President Trump openly advocates the use of torture, it is now more pertinent than ever for the international community to hold perpetrators of human rights transgressions accountable.
Europe’s Splintered Union
January 25, 2017European Policy
In the wake of the Brexit vote, anti-European political movements have been gaining momentum throughout the continent. In order to understand why, we must go beyond traditional explanations and take a hard look at Europe’s economic crisis and current trends in migration, misinformation as well as declining political engagement.
Avoiding a Persian Flavor of Dutch Disease
January 25, 2017Economic Policy
When sanctions on Iran were lifted, the country moved toward market liberalization. Now pressure on the Iranian Rial is undermining non-oil export sectors as they lose competitiveness both nationally and internationally. If Iran’s economy is to flourish, policy makers will need to embrace a new mix of fiscal, structural and monetary policies.