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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Hess, Janto S. / Pieter Pauw / Elissaios Papyrakis (2015)
What can the international tourism industry contribute to adaptation finance in Small Island Development States (SIDS)? This question is addressed in the context of the annual USD 100 billion of climate finance that developed countries pledged to mobilize to support developing countries.
TTIP is being hotly debated, but with a narrow focus. Proponents and critics are primarily concerned with the impact of TTIP on Germany and Europe.
Too little attention is being paid to the implications of this mega-regional for the rest of the world.
A GFCA, a programme building advantageous links between the multilateral climate regime and non-state and subnational initiatives, could improve coordination in a fragmented climate governance landscape and recognize activities that genuinely contribute to a low carbon and climate resilient future.
Bindenagel Šehović, Annamarie / Stephan Klingebiel (2014)
The Ebola pandemic is a crisis of global proportion and of global concern. It is locally concentrated, and requires responses on a local scale with a global scope. It is at once a health crisis, with severe economic repercussions, and a threat to peace and security, especially in the region.
This briefing addresses both the conceptual and the political underpinnings of a post-2015 accountability framework. It examines how key components of post-2015 accountability can be brought together in one coherent framework.
The international process towards universal sustainable development goals has entered its decisive phase. This briefing paper critically appraises the proposal that was recently tabled by an Open Working Group and identifies priorities for the forthcoming negotiations of the UN General Assembly.
Democracy is a highly valued policy goal for the West, but democracy support is feared to undermine another important goal, namely political stability. Our findings suggest that a gradualist approach that builds institutions while encouraging mobilization is more viable than sequencing.
Hydropower is globally the main source of renewable energy, and capacity expansion is planned. Hydropower’s role in mitigating climate change creates a dilemma: is hydropower desirable because of its low greenhouse gas emissions, or undesirable because of its local environmental and social impacts?