Report 01 July 2020

Ghosts of the Past: Lessons from Local Force Mobilization in Afghanistan and Prospects for the Future

Since 2001, the Afghan state and its international partners have mobilized a range of local forces to fill security gaps and confront insurgent threats. What has been the record of these efforts? And how may they impact future dynamics in Afghanistan?

By Kate Clark, Erica Gaston, Fazal Muzhary, Borhan Osman

The Global Futures Podcast

We discuss foreign policy, economics, war, peace, and how the world is changing with experts from across the globe as part of the Global Governance Futures — Robert Bosch Foundation Multilateral Dialogue Program. 

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More than a Virtue: Strategic Empathy for Smarter Policy During COVID-19 and Beyond

What is strategic empathy and how it can help bring about change in times of crisis? 


New Expectations: Generation Z and Changing Attitudes on German Foreign Policy

New data shows: fewer German voters favor restraint in foreign policy than ever before. In particular, younger Germans expect their country to take on more international responsibility.” What does this mean for German foreign policy?


Humor Over Rumor: Combating Disinformation Around COVID-19 in Taiwan

With its low infection rates, Taiwan has been praised for its response to the coronavirus. How did it handle the outbreak and fight disinformation around the virus? 


What’s Left of the Failed States Debate?

The number of countries in which state structures have collapsed seems to be growing. But is it really? Are these so-called failed states a threat to global security? And is there an antidote? Five hypotheses, put to the test.


Inequality: Are We All in This Together?

The coronavirus outbreak may be a global pandemic, but its effects are not felt equally. Experts discuss how the virus deepens existing inequalities – and what can be done to level the playing field.


Wenn Xi und Orbán Coronapartys feiern

Überall auf der Welt nutzen autoritäre Regierungen die Krise, um ihre Macht auszubauen. Doch auch für Autokraten ist die Lage komplizierter, als es aussieht.