Global fissures are undermining attempts by the UN, now 70, to broker diplomatic solutions to crises like those in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine and South Sudan, argues Thorsten Benner. Still, since there are no competitors for the UN’s role in political and humanitarian crises, it is tantamount to bolster the crisis-management toolkit available to the world organization.
The Global Challenges Fellowship (GCF) is seeking scholars from rising non-Western global powers to come to Budapest and Berlin in 2015-2016 to explore complex research questions in the humanities or social sciences relevant to the most pressing global public policy challenges of the 21st century. The application deadline is March 30th.
There is a lot at stake in the debate on “technological sovereignty,” but we must not fall into the trap of legitimizing authoritarian regimes in the face of US digital hegemony. This calls for enlightenment in the original and best sense of the term, not for cozying up to the forces of digital anti-modernity.
by Andrea Binder, Philipp Rotmann
Study commissioned by the Policy Planning Unit of the German Federal Foreign Office
by Mirko Hohmann, Isabel Skierka, Tim Maurer, Robert Morgus
GPPi & New America's Open Technology Institute