The COVID-19 Response: How Germany Outperformed the US
9 mai 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.
An Abundance of Water, but None to Drink for First Nations in Canada
17 mars 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.
Sustainable Development Through International Arbitration?
7 mars 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The Investor-State Dispute Settlement System (ISDS) is an outdated system that needs to be reformed to reflect modern sustainable development objectives.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.
Time to Reconsider Voting at Climate Negotiations
15 février 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.
Seeking an International Climate Displacement Agreement
15 février 2017Energie et environnement
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
5 février 2017Droits de l'Homme et droit international
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
25 janvier 2017Affaires européennes
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
25 janvier 2017Politique économique
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.
Is Microfinance a Sustainable Solution to Poverty?
16 juillet 2016Développement et santé
Microfinance is based on the idea that people can be lifted out of poverty through the help of microloans. It has become a key part of the global development strategy, as a bottom-up poverty alleviation tool. But despite its wide popularity, various studies have shown that its effects have generally been far from beneficial to the poor.
Ana Maria Tabacaru
That Small Plaster on the Russian Bear
16 juillet 2016Affaires européennes
Two years after the downing of Malaysia Airline flight MH17 the geopolitical rammifications of this tragic event – and the EU’s heavy-handed retaliation – are stronger than ever. This article explores the rhetorical dimension of the EU-Russian confrontation over the Ukrainian crisis and questions the effectiveness of the EU’s sanctions-led response.