Delivering on the Promise of Inclusive Global Value Chains
23 octobre 2018
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.
“What is to Be Done” about Russia?
23 septembre 2018
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.
The EU Emissions Trading System: A Sleeping Giant
17 septembre 2018
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.
In Limbo: Protecting Syrian Refugees in Lebanon
12 septembre 2018
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.
Taming the Dragon? Europe and the AIIB
28 février 2018Politique économique
As China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank becomes a recognized instrument of global economic governance, European Union member states should use their voting power to influence the Bank’s agenda and practices. However, Europe must be aware of certain limitations.
Fossil Fuels: The Case For Ending Producer Subsidies
27 février 2018
Our guest in this epsiode is Tim Pfefferle, one of the winners of our writing competition on new economic thinking. We discuss his article on fossil fuels and producer subsidies, their detrimental impact on climate change and global climate governance as well as possible ways out of this quagmire. We also talk about the European Investment Bank and their largest investment in the energy sector ever – €1.5 billion for a gas pipeline.
Tim Pfefferle & Felix Hoffmann
The Dangerous Depoliticization of Economic Numbers
26 février 2018Politique économique
Daniel DeRock exposes the shaky foundations of macroeconomic statistical methods – from GDP figures to debt measurement – and argues for a fundamental rethinking of how scholars and policymakers engage with quantitative indicators.
RE: Divide and Rule
22 février 2018Affaires européennes
The EU should be wary: China bought its way into Cambodia to undermine the coherence of the region’s prime institution, ASEAN – and a similar strategy is being applied in the Union’s periphery. Here’s how Brussels can dodge history’s boomerang without compromising on its strategic interests vis-à-vis its ever-closer Eastern Neighbor.
Moritz Valentino Matzner
Blockchain and the Fight Against Illicit Financial Flows
19 février 2018Développement et santé
Illicit financial flows have staggering consequences for global health and development in the world’s poorest countries. Existing policies address this issue but their success is limited by a paradigm of centralization. Blockchain and mobile technologies have enabled new policy possibilities around a paradigm of decentralization and disaggregation to a wider range of stakeholders.
Public Credit Scores – A Weapon Against Debt Accumulation?
9 février 2018Politique économique
Debt fueled consumption lay at the heart of the global financial crisis of 2008. Now ten years later, rising household debt in developed economies remains a significant issue. In this article Babatunde Valentine Onabajo proposes a novel solution: making individual credit scores public.