U.S. vs. China? Cooperation in Telecommunications in East Africa

May 3, 2022

Some Western political strategists suggest a “Tech Cold War” is playing out in Africa between China and the U.S. Based on case studies from Ethiopia and Kenya, this perspective neglects the actual state of affairs. Instead of searching for “China-free” actors, the West should take the rationale of each project as a yardstick to stay engaged and relevant in the emerging African information and communications technology sector.

Jonas Pauly

Devolved Governance: Enhancing the Resilience of Cities

March 9, 2022

This article explores the advantages of devolved governance in city planning instead of a centralized approach. Transferring decision-making power from central government to the local level can equip cities with the flexibility to respond to critical policy areas such sustainable infrastructure and quality social housing.

Julian Baxter

Achieving Integration for Immigrants in Iceland

November 10, 2021

Despite introducing ground-breaking social policies, Iceland lacks a cohesive approach to ensure the successful integration of immigrants. This group is left unprotected against hidden discrimination in the housing, employment, and education sectors. The successful integration of immigrants should involve treating them as agents of positive change in society.

Jordi Cortes

For the Sake of Emirati Women: Equal Citizenship

October 29, 2021

Citizenship rights are crucial for the protection of a nation’s citizens. Yet in the UAE women face arbitrary discrimination in citizenship and immigration law. The law deprives women of the ability to confer citizenship on their foreign husbands and children. Gender-focused reform, alongside regional efforts, is necessary to stop this discrimination.

Samira Maryam Mohammed Ashraf

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

The EU Emissions Trading System: A Sleeping Giant

September 17, 2018 European Policy

The EU Emissions Trading System is failing at incentivizing low-carbon innovation needed to reach decarbonization by mid-century. Current research suggests that regulatory uncertainty of the EU ETS keeps its market participants from considering the long-term goals behind the emissions trading system. Different reform options are at hand to enhance long-term regulatory credibility and revive the world’s largest climate policy instrument.

Rafael Postpischil

In Limbo: Protecting Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

September 12, 2018 Human Rights and International Law

In the wake of the first few hundred Syrian refugees voluntarily returning from Lebanon to war-torn Syria, it is imperative that Lebanon reassesses its obligations as a host country. Whilst it is unlikely that Lebanon will become party to the refugee convention, an updated Memorandum of Understanding with the UNHCR could be the solution.

Charlotte Massey