Perspectives

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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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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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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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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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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Introduced: Karolina Wigura

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

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Why Is Activism Failing and What Needs to Change?

Humanity is in the most consequential decade in its history. The choices we make now about climate change will determine the future of generations to come. But the political reality is often miles away from what NGOs are calling for based on scientific...

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Islands of Vulnerability on the Edge of Town

The pandemic revealed that in many peripheral urban districts, a variety of problems overlap, making them islands of vulnerability. Often, social advancement is only possible by moving away. A research project from three European countries shows...

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How Can Germany Make the Digital Transformation Work?

The new German government has proclaimed the digital transformation as one of its goals. To make government and public administration fit for the digital transformation, it must urgently address three challenges: building up and expanding internal...

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Multilateral Systems Need to Be Retooled, Be Inclusive and Participatory

The multilateral systems need a retooling to boost their legitimacy, accountability, and functionality in the future. For this, it is critical to engage with and strengthen the voices of civil society, local governments as well as the private...

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Introduced: Harsh Mander

Harsh Mander is a human rights and peace activist, and director of the Centre for Equity Studies in India, a research center focused on social and economic justice. He was special commissioner to the Supreme Court of India in the Right to Food case...

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UN Reform: Fix the Present – Not to Jeopardize the Future

The world must unite to build a common agenda that addresses the challenges of a fraught and dramatically changed geopolitical context. Indeed, the UN report “Our Common Agenda” and the 76th UN General Assembly offer the prospect for a revitalized...

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International Expectations of the Next German Government

The results of the German federal elections are being followed closely around the world. Indeed, the policies of the new government will impact events far beyond Germany itself. Read what international experts Harlem Désir, Oby Ezekwesili, Dan Hamilton,...

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Democratic Renewal Has Gained Real Momentum in Europe

Countering the illiberal trend in many countries, a spirit of democratic resistance is emerging across Europe, argues democracy expert Richard Youngs. There’s more direct democracy and new political parties focusing on democratic renewal. But the shift is...

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Subsidy of the Global Food System Must Change

Without significant changes in our food systems, it will be impossible to feed the world's population sustainably. To meet the rising food demand and address impacts of climate change, we need a shift towards sustainable land use that protects the...

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Germany Can Handle Crises - But Can it Also Handle AI?

Isolation is no answer to Germany's digital crisis. Instead of projects like Gaia-X, Germany should venture more into Cyber Valley to remain competitive. Otherwise, in the digital sector the export nation will be sidelined.

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Introduced: María Fernanda Espinosa

María Fernanda Espinosa is a diplomat, politician, and academic from Ecuador. She was President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (2018/19), and served as Ecuador’s minister of foreign affairs, minister of cultural and natural...

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Lunch Talk @Academy: Is a Food-Secure and Climate-Neutral World Possible?

How can we make a just transition into a food-secure and climate-neutral world possible? And which “whole of food system” answers are required beyond agricultural solutions?

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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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