The Sustainable Development Goals hardly consider the needs of migrants and refugees, thus potentially exasperating existing challenges. More comprehensive data is needed to fully account for these groups when implementing sustainable development agendas.
Although all EU member states favor an EU budget that provides for Europe’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery, sharp divisions regarding spending and allocation could force the European Union to compromise its ambitions in order to reach consensus.
Politics has played a more important role than public health in shaping government responses to COVID-19 throughout West Africa. How countries in the region choose to manage the pandemic, however, will greatly inform their responses to future crises.
ASEAN member states have sought to manage the pandemic as a united front; however, nationalism and fractionalization still significant constrain the organization's ability to tackle other challenges—particularly Chinese aggression in the South China Sea.
Rather than waiting until COVID-19 is more under control globally, the World Health Organization has decided to launch a review of its international response to the pandemic now in order to emphasize the need for global solidarity and leadership.
The G20 claims that its Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) will free up crucial funds in poorer countries struggling with COVID-19. Whether the DSSI goes far enough to actually make a difference, however, is up for debate.
Although digitalization offers tremendous opportunities for the strengthening and diversification of economies across Africa, many countries are prevented from realizing these benefits due to global digital market inequalities and data governance issues.
Given that the rapid adoption of digital platforms is accompanied by a heighted risk of cybercrime, governments around the world ought to invest more in not only technologies that promote cybersecurity, but also stronger international cyber governance.
Although connectivity is as old as human interaction, the politization of connectivity in the modern interregnum of international politics has produced a new type of geopolitics and political space of action—one in which China has as a head start.
Rather than following the United States’ lead and abandoning the Open Skies Treaty, which serves as a critical instrument of de-escalation and confidence building, European parties to the treaty should work to preserve its integrity and provisions.