Perspectives

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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