The responsibility of Western countries to climate refugees

By Nick Gutkin Sustainability Analyst The international community broadly recognises the rights of people to flee war and persecution as refugees and protects them through international law. They are a particularly polarising topic in Europe, where an influx of refugees following the Arab Spring and wars in the Middle East led to the so-called ‘refugeeContinue reading “The responsibility of Western countries to climate refugees”

Cryptocurrencies: The pandemic’s new haven for criminals and terrorists (and what we can do about it)

By Eray Arda Akartuna AML/CFT & futures analyst In the world of new and disruptive technologies, trends that are set in motion can be hard to stop. The Bitcoin frenzy, which has revolutionised not only payments but also entire industries, is just one of many examples. Presenting a secure transparent network, the underlying Blockchain technologyContinue reading “Cryptocurrencies: The pandemic’s new haven for criminals and terrorists (and what we can do about it)”

The gamble of failing on greening the Latin American financial system

By José Luis Reséndiz Latin America Analyst  The sustainable economic recovery in Latin America is a challenge that leaders may regret not to take up seriously and on time. Unfortunately, the violence and inequality crises from the last decades have led to the wrong perception that the pandemic is just a transitory issue. The regionContinue reading “The gamble of failing on greening the Latin American financial system”

Laundering money in a pandemic: how Covid-19 is transforming the world’s biggest financial crime

By Eray Arda Akartuna Anti-Money Laundering Analyst It is no secret that criminals look for opportunities in every new development – and the coronavirus is no exception. Authorities across the globe have reported surges in Covid-related frauds, including fake charities and scams for ‘miracle cures’.[i] In October, Bloomberg reported that Americans had lost $161m toContinue reading “Laundering money in a pandemic: how Covid-19 is transforming the world’s biggest financial crime”

Why men need to care more about our world

By Nick Gutkin Sustainability Analyst It’s no news that in many Western countries, industries exist that are traditionally dominated by men (manufacturing, extraction, finances) while others are traditionally dominated by women (healthcare, customer service, teaching). These gender roles have been the source of much discussion and disagreement, but the fact remains[1]: industries and occupations thatContinue reading “Why men need to care more about our world”

COVID-19 and the future of populism in America

By Gretel Cuevas Latin America Analyst The COVID-19 pandemic has placed governments all over the world under strain, putting to test their capacity to adequately balance the tradeoffs between effective health management and economic growth. Government responses in the three most populated countries of the American continent— Brazil, Mexico, and the United States—have been influencedContinue reading “COVID-19 and the future of populism in America”

The European Green Deal during Covid-19

By Blanca Trepat* Guest Contributor The COVID-19 crisis has shaken Europe and the whole world by testing our societies, economies and our way of living together. This global pandemic has quickly led to one of the most drastic economic crises of our history. In this context, the European Union has had to react to repairContinue reading “The European Green Deal during Covid-19”

The Arab Peace Deals: Why now and what about the Palestine Cause?

By Annabelle Saba MENA Analyst On the 13th of August 2020, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) became the third Arab country to normalise relations with Israel, after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. A month later, Bahrain also joined the Washington-sponsored deal and the two nations signed the Abraham Accords with Israel on theContinue reading “The Arab Peace Deals: Why now and what about the Palestine Cause?”

Election Special: Four communication errors which cost Trump re-election in 2020

By Konrad Foote North America Analyst Joe Biden is now the President-elect of the United States, winning a majority in the Electoral College, and in the process flipping those key states in the industrial mid-west Trump won against Clinton (e.g. Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania). Although the election ended up much closer than the polls predicted, PresidentContinue reading “Election Special: Four communication errors which cost Trump re-election in 2020”

How COVID-19 could shape the future of development in Sub-Saharan Africa

By Natalie Domaas Sub-Saharan Africa Analyst Out of all countries who have suffered from the effects of the novel coronavirus, the biggest (and most surprising) success stories come out of Sub-Saharan Africa. Countries such as Senegal, Rwanda, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, and Tanzania have all fared extremely well in the handling of the coronavirus outbreak, muchContinue reading “How COVID-19 could shape the future of development in Sub-Saharan Africa”