Study 01 September 2020

Academic Freedom in Brazil

Freedom of expression, freedom of thought and university autonomy are all rights protected by the constitution in Brazil. But a closer look at the state of academic freedom in the country reveals that these constitutional rights are under threat.

By Conrado Hübner Mendes, Adriane Sanctis de Brito, Bruna Angotti, Fernando Romani Sales, Luciana Silva Reis, Natalia Pires de Vasconcelos

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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An Agenda for Expanding Forecast-Based Action to Situations of Conflict

Forecast-based humanitarian action enables actors to start their work before a predicted disaster strikes. To save even more lives, anticipatory actions could be expanded to conflict situations. 

By Marie Wagner, Catalina Jamie

Europe and China’s ‘Virtual Summit’

The EU-China Summit was a key event for the China rethink happening across Europe. Here’s why 2020 will go down in history as the year the EU shed illusions about a comprehensive strategic partnership” with Beijing.


‘Protection’ in European Union Asylum Law

Asylum law is ripe with caveats that allow authorities to reject asylum applications due to protection’ received in the home country or another location. But what does protection’ mean? And when is it strong enough to make denying an application lawful?


Cities and COVID-19: How the Pandemic Affects Urban Spaces

With their high population density and historical inequalities, cities are among the places hit hardest by COVID-19. How will urban spaces change post-pandemic and what lessons can leaders learn from the crisis?


Balancing Acts: Transitions from Peacekeeping to Peacebuilding

For countries emerging from violent conflict, peacekeeping transitions often represent critical junctures in the peace process – but they are also notoriously difficult. In this podcast, we zoom out on some of the biggest questions around transitions. 


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