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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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.
For decades, work has been ongoing at pan-African level to realise the vision of the free movement of persons as an integral part of a united Africa. This concept is to be implemented at the level of the African regions and yet it is there that it faces a range of internal and external challenges.
Fiedler, Charlotte / Jörn Grävingholt / Karina Mross (2018)
How can international actors effectively support peace after civil war? A disaggregated analysis of external engagement finds that international peacebuilding can clearly make a difference. Yet country contexts condition what types of support can be provided, and whether they are effective.
Intra-EU policy negotiations are essential for the evolution of EU-Africa cooperation on migration. Growing divisions inside the EU have increased the focus on external borders. This paper argues that the EU needs to address these divisions in order to support African transnational development.
Current policies are inconsistent with international climate goals. More, and more effective, actions by non-state and subnational actors, such as businesses, cities and NGOs, could accelerate low-carbon and climate resilient transitions. This paper explores how the EU could strengthen such action.
The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) is a key multilateral organisation in development. However, DESA has yet to unlock its full potential in playing a politically relevant and analytically authoritative role in sustainable development.