The Global Futures Podcast

What sort of future are we heading for? 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 Dialogues program.

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What Now? An Implementation Proposal for the Global Compact for Migration

The UN Global Migration Pact is a hotchpotch of declarations of good intent that are important but currently unworkable. It must be disentangled to lay out concrete, practical steps — or it will remain a toothless tiger.


Germany Is Soft on Chinese Spying

Huawei has deep ties to the Chinese government. That Berlin might let it build Germany’s next generation of communications infrastructure anyway is dangerously misguided.


Lots of Assistance, Little Reform

The German government’s new SSR strategy is an opportunity to inject much-needed strategic focus into a sprawling security assistance portfolio, build a solid conceptual foundation, and shape a culture of evaluation to allow for learning.


China’s Crackdown on Hong Kong’s Freedoms Is Bad for Business

Beijing’s encroachment on Hong Kong’s freedoms could lead the US to end its special treatment of the territory. China should not give it reason to do so.

Policy brief

Chasing Shadows: UN Communications on Human Rights Defenders

The UN’s casework on human rights defenders can be effective, but is neither balanced nor efficient. This paper suggests concrete measures to maximize the mandate’s protective impact while improving the representativeness of its cases.


Facial Recognition Technology: What Are We Looking At?

Demand for facial recognition technologies is growing in both the commercial and the security sphere, but their pervasiveness raises many privacy and ethical concerns. TDD fellows Isabelle Buscke and Clare Garvie unpack the problem.

By Isabelle Buscke, Clare Garvie