Blog Launched!

verde - ttip demo 001We at the Berlin Forum on Global Politics are committed to open knowledge, contributing to the debate on subjects related to global politics with Creative Commons-licensed materials – so that these are freely and easily accessible to everybody, everywhere, and anytime.

For that reason we are glad to announce the latest feature of our website: the blog section. Events in global politics are in constant flux and blog posts offer the opportunity to address and analyze them in a timely and dynamic manner.

Miguelángel Verde Garrido, one of our co-founders, kicks-off the blog with a post on why the recent TTIP demonstration in Berlin was the largest in the country in more than a decade.

We hope that you find these contributions valuable. Do feel free to share them, along with our publications and working paper series, with your networks, since they are also licensed as Creative Commons. Lastly, be sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter to stay up-to-date with the latest blog posts or with other news!

(Photo credit: Berlin Forum on Global Politics & M. Verde | BFoGP)

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Discussing Digital Rights and TTIP

EFF - FlickrOn 19th June 2015, co-founder Miguelángel Verde Garrido will talk at the opening debate and cryptoparty for European Alternatives’ Create|React: Digital workshop at c-base, Berlin, Germany.

Sharing a panel with Professor Daniele Archibugi (Italian National Research Council, University of London, Birkbeck College), Miguel will talk about untransparency and lack of civil society’s participation in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations, and how these treaties forego privacy in favor of more global trade. Prof. Archibugi will talk about the history of political secrecy in government institutions and the disclosure of political secrets when these are clearly against the interest of the citizens.

Frederike Kaltheuner (Centre for Internet and Human Rights), Maria Xynou (Tactical Tech), and Hauke Gierow (Reporters Without Borders) will talk about why we should care and how to engage in activism in an age of ubiquitous surveillance as well as why this particular struggle is an issue of citizenship.

Further information about the event can be found here.

(Photo credit: EFF Photos | Flickr)

Discover our ‘Working Paper’ series [Available Online]

Flickr - Paul Scadler - pschadlerWe at the Berlin Forum on Global Politics are committed to open knowledge, contributing to the debate on subjects related to global politics with Creative Commons-licensed materials – so that these are freely and easily accessible to everybody, everywhere, and anytime.

The latest direction we have taken to share our critical analyses immediately, while remaining committed to academic quality and standards, is a working paper series. These texts are preliminary drafts, shared as materials that intend to stimulate discussion in the hopes of constructive feedback, attempting to bypass the constraints of the dizzying speed in which events, opinions, and courses of action unfold in contemporary society.

For more on our working paper series, please read here.

(Photo credit: pschadler | Flickr)

Further Outcomes of the ‘First Berlin Forum on Global Politics’

The Berlin Forum on Global Politics (BFoGP) is pleased to announce that two of the young scholars who presented their research at the ‘First Berlin Forum on Global Politics’ in April, 2013, have gone on to further develop the work they presented at the conference. Leon Schreiber published his paper in a journal publication and Leonard Hessling shared the content of his paper as a Prezi presentation, available online to the general public.

Leon Schreiber, whose research paper was titled Institutions and Social Policy: The Case of the Child Support Grant in South Africa, went on to submit the results of his research to the South African Journal of Political Studies (Politikon). Once reviewed, it was subsequently published on April 14, 2014.

Leonard Hessling, whose research paper was titled Water in the Arab Spring: The Human Rights to Water and Sanitation in the MENA Region’s Transition to Democracy, went on to make further presentations of the results of his research at international conferences, such as the European Conference on African Studies in Lisbon, which took place on June 29, 2013. Since then, he has made the content of his paper available as a Prezi presentation

The Berlin Forum on Global Politics wishes these two young scholars well in their academic endeavours and is pleased to have been able to open spaces for the discussion of their valuable and interesting academic research.

‘The Transatlantic Colossus’ [Available Online]

The Transatlantic Colossus: Global Contributions to Broaden the Debate on the EU-US Free Trade Agreement‘ (2014)
Cover - The Transatlantic ColossusA publication of the Berlin Forum on Global Politics in collaboration with the Internet & Society Collaboratory and FutureChallenges.org of the Bertelsmann Stiftung on the global implications of the TAFTA | TTIP.

Official Website Launched

This is the official website of the Berlin Forum on Global Politics (BFoGP). If you wish to contact us, please write to our email address: contact@bfogp.org

The Berlin Forum on Global Politics (BFoGP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of academic, expert, and public understanding of global politics. The BFoGP addresses and contributes to the debate on subjects related to global politics in an innovative and critical manner.

By engaging with organizations, groups, and individuals from different sectors of society, the economy, academia, and government, the BFoGP aims to establish fluid networking interfaces as well as create and share novel open knowledge through collaborative publications, public events and conferences, research initiatives, and workshops.