Germany Lacks Political Courage to Welcome More Afghan Refugees

October 13, 2021

Since the Taliban retook power in Afghanistan in August, debates in Germany have flared up whether the country should grant access to more Afghan refugees. In the run-up to the general election in September, German politicians faced a dilemma. How should they address this contentious issue among...

The Hazaras of Afghanistan Face a Threat to Survival
July 31, 2021

The Hazaras of Afghanistan Face a Threat to Survival

The US Must Pay Attention to Displaced Nicaraguans
July 31, 2021

The US Must Pay Attention to Displaced Nicaraguans

The US Must Commit to Protecting Central Americans
June 21, 2021

The US Must Commit to Protecting Central Americans

Germany’s Refugees Face a Future Without Angela Merkel

Germany’s Refugees Face a Future Without Angela Merkel

April 08, 2021

In 2015, the European refugee crisis awoke Germans from a long and comforting slumber that Angela Merkel had lulled them into with her political style. The term “asymmetric demobilization” came to be known as a way of describing the German chancellor’s shrewd strategy of sitting on the fence...

Myanmar: What Comes Next for Minority Groups?

Myanmar: What Comes Next for Minority Groups?

February 10, 2021

The military coup in Myanmar has been widely denounced as a lethal blow to a fledgling democracy. But it also increases the likelihood of further atrocities and mass displacement. The world cannot forget that the Myanmar military is the same institution that led the campaign...

Angela Merkel: A Retrospective

Angela Merkel: A Retrospective

January 21, 2021

Americans like to rate their presidents. In fact, presidential rankings have become something of a cottage industry in political science, ever since the eminent Harvard historian Arthur Schlesinger Sr. started the tradition in the late 1940s. In Germany, we don’t do that, at least not in a...

Climate Change Will Impact the Human Rights of Millions

Climate Change Will Impact the Human Rights of Millions

December 15, 2020

While the international community’s attention is consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic and a myriad of crisis, from the wars in Syria and Yemen to the Middle East peace process, Brexit and a severe global economic downturn, climate change continues to wreak havoc on societies around the world,...

Britain’s Refugee Policy Is a Fantasy of Fear

Britain’s Refugee Policy Is a Fantasy of Fear

October 05, 2020

In December 1938, French Foreign Minister Georges Bonnet told German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop of a French plan to deport 10,000 Jews to Madagascar, a French colony. After the defeat of France in June 1940, the idea was taken up by the German Foreign Office. On July 3, 1940, Franz...

Angela Merkel’s CDU Is Still Not Sure How It Feels About Muslims

Angela Merkel’s CDU Is Still Not Sure How It Feels About Muslims

September 29, 2020

In a 2018 government declaration, German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacted to growing voices within her party who questioned her policies during the refugee crisis by stating that “There is no question that the historical character of our country is Christian and Jewish. But … with 4.5 million...

When COVID-19 and Hurricanes Collide

When COVID-19 and Hurricanes Collide

August 07, 2020

It is hard to think of impending natural hazard-related disasters in the middle of a global pandemic. But it is absolutely essential that policymakers do so. This year, due in part to climate change, scientists predict one of the most active Atlantic hurricane seasons on record. In fact, nine...

Hosting Refugees and Migrants Is a Global Public Good

Hosting Refugees and Migrants Is a Global Public Good

July 16, 2020

On June 20, we celebrated World Refugee Day. This was an opportune time for us all to pay attention to the challenge of forced displacement today. Strikingly, the world is facing the largest forced displacement crisis since World War II, with nearly 80 million people having fled their countries...

There’s No Good News for Refugees in Lebanon

There’s No Good News for Refugees in Lebanon

June 16, 2020

The Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon is just the latest in a sequence of disenfranchisements that have plagued the Middle East for generations. In 1948, just years after Lebanon was founded, the Palestinians were pushed out of their homeland by the Israelis and the Lebanese granted them refuge....

Refugees Build Bridges Across Society

Refugees Build Bridges Across Society

June 15, 2020

While celebrating the contribution of refugees, we must acknowledge the importance of all who are driven from their homelands not only by fear and terror, but also by desperate need. Human bridges and personal connections have been built by great movements across the globe as people escape war and...

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