Perspectives

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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Multilateralism Must Deliver

The world’s most pressing problems are global and require multilateral responses. The basic tools for this already exist. But to better fulfil the existing and emerging tasks, multilateral institutions should provide space – not only for governments –...

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What a Biden Administration Means for China

It would be wishful thinking to expect dramatic improvement in U.S.-China relations from a Biden presidency. But that does not mean the relationship will continue its dangerous free fall. Five reasons why stabilization could lie ahead.

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Ethics First: A Global Observatory for Genome Editing

Modern science must move away from the narrow question of technology’s safe use to broader questions of what conceptions of human flourishing should guide the application of powerful tools in fields such as biotechnology. The Global Observatory for Genome...

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Introduced: Eyal Weizman

Eyal Weizman is the founding director of Forensic Architecture and Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is a member of the Technology Advisory Board of the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

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The Middle East After Trump: A Reshuffling of the Cards?

The Biden administration’s approach to the Middle East will differ from that of the Trump era in many significant ways. A return to multilateralism, and a commitment to institutions and human rights will please some of the region’s actors – but not...

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Germany’s New Centrists? The Green Party

The German Green Party has evolved from its radical origins in the 1980s to become an appealing moderate force with increasing electoral success. They bear watching ahead of Germany's fall 2021 federal elections given their potential to join a government...

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Is there a new window of opportunity in the Eastern Mediterranean crisis?

Maritime disputes between Greece and Turkey, couched in competing narratives of national sovereignties, are nothing new.

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The Multiple Dimensions of Inequality

Confronting inequality requires taking its various manifestations into account. Read the perspectives of Branko Milanović, Jenny Ricks, Emilia Roig, Catherine Mulligan, Galip Dalay, Firoze Manji and Kristian Parker on one of the defining challenges of our...

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Renewing Multilateralism with Cultural Values

Multilateralism appears more beleaguered than ever. But new outcroppings of civil society across the globe offer a powerful mandate for the renewal of multilateralism. The Covid-19 pandemic provides a unique window of opportunity that can pave the way for...

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The German EU Presidency and Stability in Eastern Mediterranean

In the age of COVID-19, the European Union is functioning in a unified way when it comes to economic and health policy. However, unifying European foreign policy is fundamental, too, and Brussels should make this happen now in the region of the Eastern...

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How to Escape from the Neighborhood Trap: Four Recommendations

Neighborhoods are worth investing in. Instead of being the focal points of the next economic or epidemiological catastrophe, they can be places of hope and resilience that nurture the generation that will lead the fight against adversity.

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Looking Back: Oby Ezekwesili

Obiageli "Oby" Ezekwesili, former Vice President of the World Bank’s Africa division and co-founder of Transparency International, darts a look at her fellowship at the Robert Bosch Academy.

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American Tech-ceptionalism

Trump’s heavy-handed America First policies on technology, in particular on artificial intelligence (AI), could harm the industry in the long run. It may damage the international partnerships that are so crucial to ensuring that the development of AI...

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Lunch Talk @Academy: The Polarization Trap

There is a lot of discussion about “populism” these days. Meanwhile, the overarching phenomena behind it and the risk of severe polarization is less debated. Yet, there is evidence that political polarization is growing in every European society with...

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Why Are Fossil Fuels So Hard to Quit?

We understand today that humanity’s use of fossil fuels is severely damaging our environment. Fossil fuels cause local pollution where they are produced and used, and their ongoing use is causing lasting harm to the climate of our entire planet....

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What Belarus Needs

As Belarus's peaceful protest movement continues to challenge Aleksandr Lukashenko's dictatorship, pressure is building not just on the regime but also on outside powers. While the world must tread carefully, it also can and should do more than simply cheer...

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The Post-Corona Revolution

The coronavirus will influence everyday life in the foreseeable future – and it also sets track for three world-scale revolutions hurtling forward: the atomic, the digital, and the genomic revolution. An essay on the pandemic's enormous impact by Daniel...

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What I Learned by Watching the Press Try to Cover Trump

Long-held common practices in political journalism feel increasingly implausible because Trump breaks so many of the rules that held for presidents in the past. The press has to change the way it relates to Trump – or risks turning his behavior into the...

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Christian Democrats Must Defend their Liberal Identity

In this time of crisis, the Christian vision of politics has enormous potential. But its democratic proponents must act boldly as the populist right wing is occupying its values. In Hungary, in the name of Christian Democracy Viktor Orban has...

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