Perspectives

Rethinking Schools After the Pandemic: Meeting the Engagement Challenge

The pandemic compelled educators to integrate digital tools into the everyday academic lives of their students like never before. With the return to in-person instruction, educators have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to further transform schools in ways...

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Germans Should Not Expect the U.S. to Follow Their Climate Path

In order to achieve the 1.5 degree target, climate protection measures of the next 3 to 5 years will be crucial. The new U.S. administration has also recognized the seriousness of the situation and is acting accordingly. However, it will not take the same...

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In Poland, Democracy Is Deeply Rooted

A conversation with Rafał Dutkiewicz about the logic of nationalism and populism, the value of European solidarity for Poland, the state of Polish democracy and the relationship with neighboring Ukraine.

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Fallacies and Failures in the Western Perception of Russia (II)

Perceptions of Russia are one of the most successful myth generators that help legitimate the current Kremlin regime and build its favorable external relations. This tactic of generating fallacies about Russia has influenced the Western policy towards the...

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A European-Style United Nations

For decades, multilateralism, built on a common overarching vision, has anchored Europe's longest-ever period of peace and stability. That alone should qualify the European Union to serve as a model for the UN’s renewal.

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Introduced: Kumi Naidoo

Kumi Naidoo is a human rights and environmental activist from South Africa. He was Executive Director of Greenpeace International from 2009 to 2016 and Secretary General of Amnesty International from 2018 to 2020.

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How Youths Unemployment Is Greatest Challenge Africa Faces

The unemployment conditions of youths in the African continent has been a huge debate around may global and business forums around the world seeking for solutions to tackle the problem.

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A Deep Dive on German Attitudes Toward Nuclear Arms, Ukraine, and Russia

Steven Pifer spent an eventful five months at the Robert Bosch Academy.    

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Nord Stream 2: Background, objections, and possible outcomes

Nord Stream 2 is an almost-finished natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany. The Biden administration opposes it and has come under congressional pressure to invoke sanctions to prevent its completion, in large part because the pipeline seems a...

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Rebuilding US-German relations: Harder than it appears

The German government and many Germans breathed a sigh of relief when Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in November. All to the good, but rebuilding the U.S.-German relationship could well prove more difficult than it first appears.

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The Multiple Dimensions of Climate Change

Confronting climate change requires considering its environmental, economic and social dimensions. Read how Laurence Tubiana, Ottmar Edenhofer, Samantha Gross, and Leena Srivastava assess one of the most important challenges of our time.

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Stronger Together: A New Agenda for Africa and Europe in 2021

Vaccinations against Covid-19 are under way in Europe and Africa, but progress is very unequal and the fight against the pandemic is not over yet. International cooperation is indispensable to face inequality and future global crises. How can the narrative...

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Great Britain’s Long Search for a Role in the World

Brexit is a mistake that the UK will come to regret. The country’s illusions of greatness were outsized 65 years ago when it refused to join the founding members of the European Community. Now, it has made the same mistake again. Brexit is an empty...

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It’s Time for Polarization!

Much of the recent discussion about democratic dysfunction has focused on polarization. In Europe, however, it is rather party convergence that has led to democratic decay and the rise of populism. What European politics needs is more polarization...

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Fallacies and Failures in the Western Perception of Russia

The West has gotten Russia wrong again and again. Moscow has capitalized on these misperceptions to its own advantage using the West to pursue its survival agenda. In order to understand Russia’s trajectory and stop being an external resource for the...

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Introduced: Ertharin Cousin

Ertharin Cousin is Distinguished Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Visiting Scholar at the Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. She was the Executive Director of the United Nation’s World Food...

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How to Solve the Nord Stream 2 Dilemma

If Gazprom could be persuaded to increase gas transit revenues for Ukraine, that would give the Biden administration a reason not to impose sanctions to block Nord Stream 2’s completion and ammunition to fend off criticism from those who want the pipeline...

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Turkish-Iranian Relations Are Set to Become More Turbulent

In recent years, there have been many similarities between the foreign policies of Turkey and Iran. However, the dynamics are changing and the tensions between both nations are likely to increase.

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Navalny against Putin: Who will win the Russian showdown

A real threat to Vladimir Putin – that's how commentators are describing Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. The Russian authorities certainly responded nervously to his recent return to Moscow and immediately arrested him. In turn, he put out a documentary...

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The World Is Going To See a Different America

The style and substance of the incoming Biden administration will look very different than that of the past four years. But the new administration will immediately face tough questions: on NATO, China, Russia, troop shifts in Germany, and the defunct...

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