Briefing Paper (in German: Analysen und Stellungnahmen) are always four pages long and discuss ongoing and controversial issues in international relations. By including recommendations, the series primarily aims at policy makers, practitioners, and representatives of the (professional) media industry. Besides, the series is also open to everyone interested in developmental issues.
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Countries coming out of conflict often adopt new constitutions, but the question how this affects their chances of sustaining peace remains unanswered. This paper summarises new research showing that post-conflict constitution-making processes and especially longer ones can contribute to peace.
Bauer, Steffen / Axel Berger / Gabriela Iacobuta (2019)
G20 represents 80% of global carbon emissions and 80% of global wealth. This briefing paper argues how the club's economic and political weight may be harnessed for ambitious action towards implementing the Paris Agreement and 2030 Agenda in spite of domestic agendas and geopolitical odds.
Negre, Mario / José Cuesta / Ana Revenga / Prescott J. Morley (2019)
Conventional economic wisdom has long maintained that there is a necessary trade-off between pursuit of the efficiency of a system and any attempts to improve equity between participants within that system. Evidence from recent decades suggests,, however, that the trade-off itself is, in many cases,
Populist trends carry significant threats when it comes to dealing with cross-border challeng-es. States with strong populist outlooks can slow down global sustainable development. Conse-quently, countries less affected by such outlooks should take on key roles.
External democracy support accompanying democratisation after civil war can help to mitigate destabilising effects and make an important contribution to foster peace. Importantly, post-conflict democracy support does not trigger renewed violence.
Digitalisation is transforming the economy and redefining trade. Using the ongoing debate on the e-commerce moratorium, members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) should make sure that the organisation plays an important role in addressing the future of trade in a digitalised economy.
Berger, Axel / Sebastian Gsell / Zoryana Olekseyuk (2019)
This policy brief provides an overview of the emerging policy debate about investment facilitation. We highlight that four key challenges need to be tackled in order to negotiate an Investment Facilitation Framework (IFF) in the WTO that supports sustainable development
Can transitional justice (TJ) strengthen peace in post-conflict contexts? This Briefing Paper summarises the policy-relevant insights of systematic analyses of TJ instruments that have emerged in the last years. They suggest that TJ can contribute to peace, but some instruments more so than others.
Regardless of the EU-UK deal, developing countries will suffer from Brexit due to the loss of preferences granted by different European treaties. Our simulation results illustrate a need for actions to mitigate the adverse effects on the economically vulnerable countries.