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.
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.
Profitons des effets du Brexit
27 février 2017Paix et sécurité
Le Brexit nous donne la possibilité de revoir et améliorer la coopération européenne en matière de défense. La France et l’Allemagne devraient saisir cette opportunité afin de poursuivre l’intégration européenne et donner naissance à une possible défense européenne commune de l’Union.
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.