RE: Divide and Rule

22 février 2018

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 2018

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.

Michael Brooks

Public Credit Scores – A Weapon Against Debt Accumulation?

9 février 2018

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.

Babatunde Valentine Onabajo

Fossil Fuels: The Case For Ending Producer Subsidies

2 février 2018

Fossil fuel subsidies are bad. Bad for government budgets. Bad for the economy. And bad for the climate. While reform efforts have focused on cutting consumer subsidies, those for production remain prevalent. To realize global climate ambitions, the G20 has to get serious and end producer subsidies.

Tim Pfefferle

Seeking an International Climate Displacement Agreement

11 septembre 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

5 septembre 2017 Affaires européennes

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

15 août 2017 Paix et sécurité

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?

24 juillet 2017 Politique économique

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?

24 juillet 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

The Threat of Illiberal Populism

19 juin 2017 Politique et société

Populism has taken an illiberal turn. Protecting liberal, pluralist societies from the threat of illiberal populism will require deep reforms to our education, communications, and political systems.

Dylan Chambers