New Blog Post: ‘Muddy Business’

In this post, co-founder Daniel Cardoso, discusses the reasons behind the environmental disaster in Mariana, one of the worst in Brazil’s history. Dani22526418164_7d9ea23fab_zel argues that, rather than an accident, the catastrophe was the consequence of years of aggressive extractivism, “China Fever”, and flawed public policies.

The post, entitled “Muddy Business: How Corporate and State Failures Led to the Environmental Disaster in Mariana, Brazil”, is available here.

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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!

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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)

Reflecting on NAFTA to Better Understand TTIP

The Berlin Forum on Global Politics (BFoGP) is excited to announce the launch of a collaborative photography project entitled “Reflecting on NAFTA to better understand TTIP”.

Jonathan Florez, citizen journalist and Who really benefits from the TTIP?photographer, captures in this project the reflections of some of the people who attended a lecture and discussion on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) held by México Via Berlin on 2nd May, 2015. BFoGP co-founders Daniel Cardoso, Marc Venhaus and Miguelángel Verde Garrido were invited to discuss the implications of TTIP, while Prof. Nayar López Castellanos (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) was invited to analyze NAFTA and its consequences for Mexico.

To explore the photography project, click here.

(Photo credit: Berlin Forum on Global Politics & Jonathan Florez | BFoGP)

Drawing Lessons from NAFTA to Better Understand TTIP

The Berlin Forum on Global Politics (BFoGP) discussed the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), on Saturday, May 2, from 19:00, at the Rosa-Luxemburg Stiftung in Berlin.

14391291462_2bf9964dd5_bThe event, organized by Mexico Via Berlin, sought to analyze the similarities and differences between TTIP and the North-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), established in 1994 by the United States (US), Canada and Mexico. Prof. Nayar López Castellanos, from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), looked at NAFTA and its consequences while we focused on TTIP. Together we discussed how the case of NAFTA can help us anticipate the type of implications that a free trade agreement like TTIP can carry, not only for the US and the EU, but also for third countries.

We are always expanding our partnerships so as to involve more institutions and people in our projects. Our latest collaboration partner was Jonathan Florez, Berlin-based photographer and citizen journalist, who documented the event and captured, through images, the audience’s conclusions about the debate.

This event was part of a seminar series, organized by Mexico Via Berlin, which examined the work done in the context of the Mexican chapter of the Permanent Peoples Tribunal (PPT). Further information about the event and about the seminar series can be found here: http://mexicoviaberlin.org/

Language: English and Spanish

(Photo credit: EFF Photos | Flickr)

Discussing TTIP in Washington

IMG_1566On 6 February 2015, co-founder Marc Venhaus took part in the Transatlantic Policy Symposium “Beyond Tariffs: Trade Relations and the Transatlantic Relations in the 21st Century” at the BMW Center of German and European Studies at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. He delivered a speech on  “An Unequal Treaty: TTIP and Inequality in Europe”, which is the topic of the most current BFoGP working paper and, in addition to that, discussed pressing transatlantic matters with fellow peers from both the EU and the US. Participating high ranking officials and scholars included, among others, David O’Sullivan (EU Ambassador to the United States), Dr. Philipp Ackermann (Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany), Sir Michael Leigh (Transatlantic Academy Fellow and Senior Advisor, German Marshall Fund) and Dr. Dan Hamilton (Executive Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University).

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.

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Global Politics & the Power of Numbers

Global Politics & the Power of Numbers: How Data and Statistics Shape our  (Mis)Understanding of the World
4th September 2014 | Hörsaal A, Osteuropa-Institut, Garystr. 55 | Freie Universität Berlin

Numbers And Finance

Prof. Lorenzo Fioramonti (University of Pretoria, South Africa) gave a guest lecture based on his most recent research, published in “How Numbers Rule the World – The Use and Abuse of Statistics in Global Politics”.

For further information, a report, and photographs of the public event, please read here.

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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.

BFoGP at the Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften

The Berlin Forum on Global Politics (BFoGP) took part in the Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften (Long Night of Sciences), an annual event organised by Berlin and Potsdam’s most relevant scientific institutions to showcase the latest research initiatives carried out in the two cities.

The Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften (LNdW) took place on May 10th, 2014. We were at the Henry-Ford Bau in the Freie Universität Berlin, alongside the Center for Global Politics, presenting some of the most topical international political subjects of 2014 and discussing them with visitors.

A full description of our joint event in the LNdW and the program are available here.

For those of you that were unable to attend, our presentation – which focused on our recent efforts at understanding the global implications of the transatlantic free trade agreement – can be read and downloaded here.

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