Perspectives

Climate Change and the Health Sector: Lessons learned from the Covid-19 crisis

The pandemic presages many of the challenges of climate breakdown. Now is the opportunity to reform society and healthcare for a carbon-neutral future.

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On Being and Blackness in Berlin

Berlin is said to be so international, so cosmopolitan, so diverse. But what is life like as a black person in Berlin? An opinion piece by Akwugo Emejulu.

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The UN Climate Change Conference and Philanthropy in International Climate Policy

This year, November 6 to 18, the COP27 world climate conference took place in Sharm el-Sheikh. The Robert Bosch Stiftung was there to support its partners. Ottilie Bälz, Senior Vice President for Global Issues and responsible for the climate change...

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US Midterm Elections and Trump’s Campaign Will Put Pressure On Europe

US voters flipped the script of the midterms, to Europe’s relief, but Donald Trump’s likely return to the campaign trail will fray transatlantic nerves again. US domestic dynamics are likely to put more pressure on Europeans to shoulder greater burdens...

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Rethinking the Value of Culture and the Culture of “Values”

The absence of cultural strategies can render social and international relations ineffective. A look at culture and its impact on inequalities, human rights and development.

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How Deals on the Sidelines of Climate Conferences leave the poor behind

Real progress at the Climate Conferences usually happens on the periphery. But that has grim consequences for the world’s poor.

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Introduced: Huang Jing

Huang Jing is an expert in foreign and security policy and focuses on China's foreign policy, the military, US-China relations and security issues in Asia-Pacific.

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Reimaging a Shared Future

Both electoral democracies and authoritarian states are increasingly legitimising hatred and bigotry, hollowing out democracy, and eroding the ideas of equal citizenship. The time is overdue for a radical new imagination of our shared futures.

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Will the Ukraine War Return Poland to Europe’s Democratic Fold?

In the light of the Russian war against Ukraine, the European Order is being renegotiated. Karolina Wigura and Jaroslaw Kuisz speculate about what these developments could mean for Poland and its relations with Europe.

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Introduced: Akwugo Emejulu

Akwugo Emejulu is an expert in political sociology and researches the intersection of ethnicity, socioeconomic background, and gender.

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Taiwan is Not Ukraine but a Crisis May Come

Since the visit of U.S. representatives in Taiwan in August, the tensions between Washington and Beijing have reached a new level. Many are tempted to compare Taiwan with Ukraine. Evan A. Feigenbaum explains why that is not the case and provides insights...

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Building Sustainable Peace through Locally-led Peacebuilding

Where ceasefires or peace agreements are brokered top-down, bypassing the local citizenry, they usually fall apart quickly, argues Atje Drexler, Senior Vice President at the Robert Bosch Stiftung and responsible for the peace program.

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Well-being in Schools: How to Get It Right

What can be done to address the global education crisis?  Tinkering around the edges won’t work. It’s time to launch a full-out assault on social inequalities, digital addiction, and our societies’ exploitative relationship to nature.

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“A democratic transformation in Russia is possible”

In this interview, Ekaterina Schulmann analyzes the current state of the Russian society and shares her hopes for a democratic shift in her home country.

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Europe’s Center of Gravity has Moved East

The results of the French parliamentary elections will make governing more difficult for Emmanuel Macron but have little impact on his foreign and European policy. And with Europe’s geopolitical order in flux, Germany and France aren’t the only ones...

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What the War on Ukraine Means for Global Food and Energy Security

Russia’s war on Ukraine highlights the fragility of global supply chains and the wide-reaching dangers of food and energy insecurity.

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Introduced: Ekaterina Schulmann

Ekaterina Schulmann is a political scientist specializing in the legislative process in modern Russia, parliamentarism, and decision-making mechanisms in hybrid political regimes.

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Reimagining German Philanthropy

Globally, the rallying cry to reimagine philanthropy in the face of mounting crises has been growing louder. How is this impacting the German philanthropic sector and, in particular, what are the trends and tensions confronting German foundations?

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Peace vs. Justice: The Dilemma of Mediators in Armed Conflicts

Counterterrorism and international criminal justice transformed the space for mediators in armed conflicts by systematically excluding the “bad guys” from the negotiating table. This is not productive for stopping wars.  

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Climate Change Isn’t the Problem, It’s a Symptom

International agreements on environmental protection are not having the needed impact. There is no shortage of legal instruments, but the problem lies in implementation. Civil society can help to change this.

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