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.

(Image credit: Donald J. Trump | Twitter)

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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.

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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.

New Blog Post: “All your Internet are Belong to Us”

283894146_df1150c0d8_oWe continue our blog post series on sovereignty and global politics with co-founder Miguelángel Verde Garrido‘s analysis of sovereignty in relation to information and communications technology, which argues that proposals for technological and information sovereignty would do little to defend from, for example, mass surveillance, and concludes further efforts to establish global governance would better serve to confront nation states’ challenges regarding the Internet.

The blog post, entitled ‘“All your Internet are Belong to Us”: On Nation States’ Claims of Sovereignty over ICT Architecture and Contents’, is available here.

(Photo credit: Imamon | Flickr)

Blog Post Series: Sovereignty and Global Politics

leviathan detailThe Berlin Forum on Global Politics is glad to share a blog post series, which will focus on the topic of sovereignty and global politics. Capital, information, goods and people move around the world at incredible speed and in vast numbers. As globalization widens and deepens, regional and global forms of governance attempt to handle the issues and challenges of our times. Against this background, the blog series inquires about the role of sovereignty today: in which ways does this long-standing concept continue to matter?

Stemming from discussions held within the Center for Global Politics (CGP) Alumni Association and inspired by the reflections and work of Prof. Klaus Segbers (Director of the CGP at the Freie Universität Berlin) on this topic, the authors address the role of sovereignty in three areas of global governance: finance, the Internet, and trade.

We will publish a blog post each week, starting today with co-founder Marc Venhaus’ analysis of sovereignty in relation to international financial markets in the post-2008 economic crisis, entitled ‘Sovereignty over Capital Controls: From Orthodoxy to Heresy… and Back Again?’. The blog post is available here.

(Photo credit: Frontispiece from Thomas Hobbes’ 1651 ‘Leviathan’ | United States Library of Congress)

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.

(Photo credit: Senado Federal | Flickr)

Presenting our Research at International Conferences

The Berlin Forum on Global Politics (BFoGP) will be presenting various academic research results at international conferences throughout March and April 2014. This is an exciting moment for us, since we will also be presenting our first jointly-written academic paper. During the last two months, the BFoGP researched and wrote a paper on the spatial implications of the Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA), more commonly known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), currently being negotiated between the United States and the European Union. This paper is a result of our continued efforts at broadening the debate on the TAFTA | TTIP, now specifically within the international academic community.

Furthermore, besides the jointly-written paper, we will also be presenting the latest results of our individual PhD research projects.

Find detailed information on the dates and times of the panels at which we will present our papers here.