Perspectives

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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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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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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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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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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Inequality and the Pandemic

In India, the pandemic has made billionaires even richer, while there is mass death, hunger, and poverty among the lower classes. This is the result of wrong policies. The time is ripe for a new social contract.

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We Are All Living in Vladimir Putin’s World Now

Russia's invasion of Ukraine put a crushing end to what we called the 30-year peace that followed the Cold War. The current situation has the potential to fuel frozen conflicts on Europe's periphery. The European project must now be radically rethought.

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The Grave Political Consequences of “Pragmatic” Energy Interests

The urgent necessity to counter the hard power policies of autocrats is the result of the West’s long-term inability to acknowledge shared responsibility for the outcome of its interest-based policies.

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A Solid Partnership for African Health Sovereignty

The pandemic has exposed how much Africa has been disadvantaged so far in the production, distribution and access to vaccines. First steps are being taken to allow African states to have sovereignty over their health care. But much remains to be done.

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Putin’s War of Choice... and Miscalculation

The Russian military launched an invasion of Ukraine early on February 24.  Ukraine did not threaten Russia. This war began because one man – Vladimir Putin – chose it. Yet, his war of choice has revealed a series of miscalculations.

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Philanthropy Is More Than Money

Philanthropy is often mistaken as a mere source of funding. In fact, today it offers much more than money and can be a catalyst for solving the challenges we face.

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Introduced: Karolina Wigura

Karolina Wigura is a historian, sociologist and political editor of Kultura Liberalna, Poland’s leading online political and cultural weekly.

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