Rethinking global governance, from Geneva, Switzerland

Three ways blockchain could get the world to act against the climate crisis

By Bernhard Reinsberg – Climate governance is said to be in crisis. New mechanisms to get the world to act against climate change are necessary. By facilitating a novel decentralized climate organization, blockchain technology holds promise to foster global cooperation.

COVID-19: An assessment of the WHO’s response

By Dhruv Sharma & Kit De Vriese – This post assesses the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic and identifies three major limitations that precluded a more effective organizational response.

NATO’s challenges amidst the coronavirus crisis: In need for a strategic turn or readjustment?

By Maria (Mary) Papageorgiou – This blog post identifies five challenges facing NATO and explores their future implications. Leadership, funding, disinformation campaigns, biosecurity threats and the relationship between the allies will determine the alliance’s direction in the emerging geostrategic environment.

Understanding Migration Diplomacy

By Fiona B. Adamson and Gerasimos Tsourapas – With a rise in the number of migrants and refugees globally, the reliance on diplomatic tools, processes, and procedures to manage cross-border population mobility will have more significance on interstate relations.

Government responses to COVID-19: Manipulation or illusion?

By Adam Przeworski – Initial responses to the COVID-19 outbreak have varied, seemingly irrespective of regime type. This pieces sheds light on the motivations of political leaders and whether they manipulated their public or held illusionary beliefs.

Life in the time of COVID: First reactions, future directions

By Adam Przeworski – This piece reflects on the various events brought on by coronavirus and speculates on their long-term consequences. It contemplates the state of our beliefs, liberalism, institutions, geopolitics, risk, and science in times of COVID-19.

Why the ICRC should think twice about its work on urban violence

By Miriam Bradley – The ICRC’s work on urban violence has led to significant and surprising shifts in its humanitarian boundaries—shifts that may damage its ability to carry out its core mandate.

Crises Reveal UN Shortcomings

By Stephen Browne – Is the UN really capable of finding timely solutions to global problems? The coronavirus pandemic and environmental crises are testing the operations of the UN system, and show there might be alternative (and better) solutions to global cooperation.

The politics of methods in the controversy over how to treat coronavirus

By Annabelle Littoz-Monnet & Juanita Uribe – The quest to find a Covid-19 treatment has incited a highly publicized debate related to longstanding questions about scientific methods and public health interventions. It calls for greater reflection on the assumptions and limitations of knowledge and its underlying political and social facets.

What can evolution tell us about governance and the COVID-19 crisis?

By Velibor Jakovleski – The COVID-19 pandemic has increased speculation about what the future of the global order will look like. This piece attempts to makes sense of prevailing scenarios and showcases what evolutionary theory can contribute to our understanding of stability and change.