Perspectives

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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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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