Germany’s Refugees Face a Future Without Angela Merkel

Apr 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?
Feb 10, 2021

Myanmar: What Comes Next for Minority Groups?

Angela Merkel: A Retrospective
Jan 21, 2021

Angela Merkel: A Retrospective

Climate Change Will Impact the Human Rights of Millions
Dec 15, 2020

Climate Change Will Impact the Human Rights of Millions

Britain’s Refugee Policy Is a Fantasy of Fear

Britain’s Refugee Policy Is a Fantasy of Fear

Oct 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

Sep 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

Aug 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

Jul 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

Jun 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

Jun 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...

COVID-19 Arrives in Refugee Camps

COVID-19 Arrives in Refugee Camps

May 18, 2020

The news on May 14 that two Rohingya refugees have tested positive for the coronavirus in the densely-populated camps in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, is chilling for those who have been drawing attention to the vulnerability of refugees and other displaced people to the COVID-19 pandemic. It...

Rohingya Refugee Camps Are the Next Frontline in COVID-19 Fight

Rohingya Refugee Camps Are the Next Frontline in COVID-19 Fight

Apr 28, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is a truly global crisis, challenging even the most advanced health systems and economies in the world. But more devastation looms as the novel coronavirus has not yet reached many of the world’s most vulnerable populations. Among them are more than 900,000 Rohingya...

Is Saudi Arabia Looking for an Exit from Yemen?

Is Saudi Arabia Looking for an Exit from Yemen?

Apr 14, 2020

March 25 marked the fifth anniversary since a Saudi-led coalition of Arab states, with direct support from the US, launched its campaign of airstrikes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen. The air campaign has gone hand-in-hand with an effort by Saudi and Yemeni forces opposing the Houthis to regain...

Will the Coronavirus Crisis Bring Down Hungary’s Failing Democracy?

Will the Coronavirus Crisis Bring Down Hungary’s Failing Democracy?

Apr 14, 2020

History is not short of examples of autocrats who used a crisis to strengthen their grip on power. Our current crisis, triggered by the global spread of the new coronavirus, appears to be no different. Justified by the need for extraordinary measures to address the pandemic, on March 30 the...

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