Commentary 28 September 2020

New EU Asylum Rules: Even the Bare Minimum Will Require Radical Politics

There is no denying that the EU’s new pact” on migration and asylum is a watered-down compromise that does nothing to advance the European Union’s desire for freedom, security and justice. But in the current political climate, we need to also think about a bare minimum that could make reform worth the effort, and the political action needed for it to pass.

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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 Jaime

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?


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

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.