Perspectives

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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My Fellowship at the Robert Bosch Academy in 2019

Obiageli "Oby" Ezekwesili darts a look at her fellowship at the Robert Bosch Academy.

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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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The Challenge will be to Distribute a Vaccine to the Entire Population

The Italian public health expert Roberto Bertollini is cautiously optimistic that the world community will master the COVID-19 pandemic and emerge the wiser for it. The word of science is now held in greater respect and best practices are available. Fake...

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Europe and Russia: an Agenda for Post-Pandemic Relations

Europe, now Russia’s normative opponent (again), cannot return to the days when its relationship with Moscow was based on trust. But Europe can try to create more effective mechanisms for managing mutual suspicion and offer incentives for Russia’s...

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Introduced: Galip Dalay

Galip Dalay is a scholar and think tanker specializing on Middle Eastern and Turkish politics. He was IPC – Mercator Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), non-resident fellow at Brookings Institution, Doha...

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The Confucian State: An Ideal Type of Governance for China?

The West gets China wrong: because it does not understand the nature of the Confucian state. The Chinese draw heavily on these traditional Asian norms. Beijing could complete its historic transformation by breaking completely with Marxism and...

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Virtual Community Forum @Academy: The Global Impact of the Pandemic

The Virtual Community Forum brought together 30 former, current, and future Fellows of the Robert Bosch Academy from 20 countries. During the online event, they discussed the Covid-19 pandemic’s global implications focusing on international cooperation,...

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"Vote for the Earth." The most important election of your lifetime

If you have never participated in a get-out-the-vote drive, November 3 is the day you should prepare for. Covid-19 robbed us of Earth Day this year. So let’s make Election Day Earth Day.

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„Social Distancing" Will Make Matters Worse

In times of the corona pandemic, social contacts are more important than ever. We must use the unifying potential of the digital world to counteract the undesirable consequences of social distancing.

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