Building a Coalition to Further Democracy

Shepard-DefendDignityDuring the last two months, the Berlin Forum on Global Politics has worked with a broad and diverse coalition of organizations and individuals to understand, explain, and confront the threats to democratic institutions and values, socio-cultural diversity, and the stability of global politics that are posed by the resurgence of far-right populism, discriminatory political discourses, and authoritarianism within Europe and the rest of the world.

Our collective efforts have only started, but we invite you – to that effect – to participate, today and throughout the weekend, in peaceful demonstrations that will be held in every state of the United States and in more than 30 countries across the world.

Come and voice your solidarity with women’s rights, affordable health care, and equal pay, and your rejection of far-right populism and its divisive politics of hatred and insularity.

Please read more on the demonstrations that will be held in Berlin today and tomorrow; on those that will also be held in European capitals today; and, on those that will be held in the US today and throughout the weekend.

Come and help us shape the future!

(Photo credits: Shepard Fairey | The Amplifier Foundation)

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)

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).

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.

(Photo credit: reynermedia | 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.

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.

(Photo credit: elycefeliz | Flickr)