New Blog Post: Trump: A New Climate of Doubt

globalwarmingtweet2The election of Donald J. Trump cast a long shadow over recent negotiations at the Marrakech Climate Change Conference (COP22).

Before the third blog post of the series “Global Challenges of Climate Change”, our guest contributor, William Hull, assesses the new climate realities of a Trump presidency, the potential consequences for the Paris Agreement, and the on-going climate actions of U.S. corporations and citizens.

William also considers, in this blog post, the opportunities left for China, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, and lingering questions concerning the future role of the U.S. in climate diplomacy. The blog post, entitled ‘Trump: A New Climate of Doubt’, is available here.

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New Blog Post: On the US Presidential Election

23872390719_6a5c73e28b_hDonald John Trump’s victory in the 2016 United States presidential elections has shocked the country and the world. The offensive discourse that characterized the President-elect’s campaign has left the US starkly divided. Women and minorities are rightly concerned about their human and civil rights. Days and nights of protests have followed the electoral result.

The international community is also concerned about the implications of a foreign policy that would be characterized by stalwart insularity and disengagement from the political, economic, and military alliances and strategies that the US has nurtured since the end of World War II.   

Co-founder Miguelángel Verde Garrido explains, in this blog post, what are the potential implications of President-elect Trump’s victory to democracy, the state of the union, and human and civil rights in the US, as well as some of the potential implications of the Trump administration for global politics. The blog post, entitled ‘Time to be Brave in the Land of the Free’, is available here.

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Co-Founder Miguelángel Verde Garrido Awarded by Surveillance Studies Network

Anything To SayThe Berlin Forum on Global Politics is proud to announce that co-founder Miguelángel Verde Garrido was recently honored and awarded with a 2016 Annual Paper Prize and an 2016 Early Career Researcher Award by the Surveillance Studies Network.

The Surveillance Studies Network (SSN) is a registered charitable company based in the UK with a worldwide membership. SSN is dedicated to the study of surveillance in all its forms and the free distribution of scholarly information. The SSN awarded Miguel for an article that he published in their academic journal, Surveillance & Society, after a double-blind peer-review. The article, entitled ‘Contesting a Biopolitics of Information and Communications: The Importance Of Truth and Sousveillance After Snowden’ is published under a Creative Commons license and is readily available to be read and downloaded here

The Berlin Forum on Global Politics congratulates Miguel on the awards and is proud to count him among our co-founders and co-directors!

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New Blog Posts: On the Brexit

flickr | freestocks orgFor the first time in the history of the European Union, a member state is set to leave the organization. The novelty of United Kingdom’s withdrawal, better known as Brexit, has left many in the European and international community puzzled as to the causes of the referendum results and the political and economic implications of this situation.

Co-founder Miguelángel Verde Garrido analyzes, in two blog posts, various aspects of the Brexit. The first blog post offers an overview of the main social and political facts of the referendum campaigns and results. In the second blog post, Miguel discusses the main reasons for the Brexit and places the issue in a wider context. He argues that the referendum results should be a lesson for every liberal democracy that is failing to deliver its promises and where citizens have forgotten the importance and consequences of their civic responsibilities.

The first part, ‘Brexit, A Web Of Lies, And A Disunited Kingdom’, is available here, and the second part, ‘Lesson Learned: Brexit Was About Much More Than The EU’, is available here.

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New Blog Post: Climate Finance – Shifting for a Fix

23625949416_54e933fdff_kIn the second blog post of the series “Global Politics of Climate Change“, our guest contributor, William Hull, sheds light on the most recent developments in climate finance. This is one of the trickier points in climate negotiations, which has historically represented a challenge in cooperation between developed and developing countries.

William explains, in this blog post, how this issue was tackled during the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21) while looking at the next steps in the build-up to the Marrakesh Climate Change Conference (COP22) later this year. The blog post, entitled ‘Climate Finance: Shifting for a Fix’, is available here.

The next blog post in the series will focus on climate action and sustainable development.

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Blog Post Series: Global Politics and Climate Change

The Berlin Forum on Global Politics welcomes the newest contributor to our blog, William Hull, who will write a blog post series on the global politics of climate change throughout the next months, and address a range of topics, from international negotiations and climate finance to sustainable development and security.

William launches the blog post series with a discussion about the significance of the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change as well as the challenges lying ahead in terms of implementation and verification. The blog post, entitled ‘Maintaining the Momentum after the Paris Agreement: The Distance We’ve Come and the Distance Yet to Go’ is available here.

The next blog post in the series will focus on climate finance and be published in June/July.

#TTIPLeaks: Greenpeace Leaked 248 Pages of TTIP Documents Today

florez - ttip demo 004Today, Greenpeace Netherlands released 248 pages of leaked documents from the secretive negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the proposed free trade agreement between the United States (US) and European Union (EU). The leaked documents cover 13 chapters that address topics from telecommunications to regulatory cooperation, from pesticides, food and agriculture to trade barriers, the US’ position, and internal EU documents that outline the “tactical state of play of the TTIP negotiations”.

When we published ‘The Transatlantic Colossus: Global Contributions to Broaden the Debate on the EU-US Free Trade Agreement’ in December 2013, our intention – as is the case with Greenpeace – was to draw public attention to the wide range of political, economic, and social implications that the proposed agreement could have on the everyday lives of US and EU citizens as well as on the rest of the world. Nowadays, more than ever, as civil societies on both sides of the Atlantic have voiced their concerns about TTIP and other agreements (i.e., TPP, CETA, and TiSA), it is important to continue broadening the debate with objective information and reliable analyses that include academics, experts, and civil society.

You can read and download the released documents at the dedicated #TTIPLeaks website.

Although we have dedicated and will continue to dedicate efforts to TTIP, we have also started to cover other topics, sharing our understanding on why the EU is failing to provide asylum to refugees, publishing a blog post series on sovereignty and global politics (i.e., in relation to financial markets, the Internet, and trade), and addressing some of the reasons behind environmental disasters. For this reason, we will soon welcome a new contributor to our blog, who will write a series of blog posts on the global politics of climate change and environmental diplomacy.

We will be announcing the launch of the blog post series on global politics of climate change promptly! For now, we leave you to consider how, despite the success of the Paris Agreement, the TTIP negotiations show that trade authorities within the EU and the US may not be as committed as the rest of their polities to seriously addressing the challenges of climate change and upholding environmental standards.

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