SAFER – The looming environmental and humanitarian disaster off Yemens’s shore

A 45 year old supertanker carrying 1.148 million barrels of light crude oil is decaying just 60 kilometers off the shore of the Yemeni port of Hodeidah, threatening the Yemeni population, Red Sea littoral countries and Red Sea ecosystems. The vessel was part of Yemen’s national oil infrastructure but fell …

The European Green Deal: a new “normality” after the pandemic crisis?

The European Union in its entirety is at a crossroads and will have to choose between continuing on  as heir of the European Coal and Steel Community or to initiate a new era of society that is economically sustainable, socially sustainable, and circular  in the sense of promoting an integrated …

The International Women, Peace and Security Policy Framework

As in all politics, in the United Nations Security Council, language is power. Gender-sensitive language is thus fundamental for gender empowerment. A successful implementation of the WPS (“Women, Peace and Security”) agenda requires that every peacekeeping operation is equipped with a proper mandate to do so. However, the inclusion of …

Women, Peace And Security —Challenges And Opportunities In Light Of The Corona Pandemic

This year marks the 20th anniversary of UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. It addresses how women and girls are differentially impacted by conflict and recognizes the critical role that women can and already do play in peace building efforts. As the world gets ready to deal with …

COVID-19: An Unfriendly Reminder That Self-Regulation Will Not Save the Climate

Crises can warrant the limitation of individual freedoms for the sake of common goods and conflicting individual rights. In fact, States have the responsibility to protect persons under their jurisdiction. To stop COVID-19 from spreading freely, significant restrictions now apply to, inter alia, the human rights to freedom of movement, …

Corona und die Krise der Geschlechter

Die Maßnahmen zur Überwindung der Pandemie machen sichtbar, dass systemrelevante Arbeit prekär und schlecht bezahlt ist und meistens von Frauen* ausgeübt wird. Aktuelle Diskurse deuten hingegen auf einen Trendwandel zu einer gesellschaftlichen Aufwertung der Versorgungökonomie. Ein Blick in vergangene Krisen und deren politische Stabilisierungsmaßnahmen zeigen jedoch, dass systemrelevante Bereiche nach …

Revisiting the Lisbon Treaty ten years after its ratification

December 1st this year marked the tenth anniversary of the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. The Lisbon Treaty still remains the latest constitutional treaty of the EU, which is rather surprising given the multiple challenges the EU has been facing throughout the past decade. The financial crisis and the subsequent …

Protests in Lebanon – a genuine outcry to end political sectarianism?

Since 17 October 2019, Lebanon has both felt paralyzed and restless at the same time. Following the announcement of new taxes with relation to telecommunications services, people spontaneously took to the streets to protest. For the first time, the Lebanese people are not relating to any religious or sectarian divisions, …