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Combattants Terroristes étrangers: Le Temps des Retours / Foreign Terrorist Fighters: Time to Return

The defeat of terrorist organizations in the Middle East is expected even if it will take some time, as Daesh and Jabhat Fath Al Sham show resistance. The first because of its equipment and its guerrilla tactics, the second because it is no longer…

Agricultural Trade and Food Security

The second United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG2) includes the goal to: “End hunger and achieve food security and improved nutrition” by 2030. While such an ambitious goal will clearly involve a wide range of policies and actors, this po…

Beyond the "Proper Job:" Political-economic Analysis after the Century of Labouring Man

This programmatic article proposes an approach to global political-economic inquiry in the wake of the failure of long-established transition narratives, notably the narrative centred on a universal trajectory from farm-based and “traditional” livel…

How to Understand and Interpret Global Climate Model Results

Climate modelling approaches projecting future changes to the Earth’s climate vary widely, generating different types of data set. These results are often displayed visually in a variety of formats, such as statistical graphs, maps and increasingly …

Mitigation Accounting under the Paris Agreement

Accounting for nationally determined contributions (NDCs) is an important component of the ‘rule-book’ required for effective implementation of the Paris Agreement. Robust mitigation accounting is needed for effective implementation and to strengt…

Finding our Way: Developing a Community Work Model for Addressing Torture

Why do community interventions? And why do community interventions in relation to torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment (CIDT) in South Africa? The literature points to a number of gains as regards community interventions: they are like…

Linking Beneficial Ownership Transparency to Improved Tax Revenue Collection in Developing Countries

This brief thus begins to explore a critical question for governments and civil society: To what extent are current efforts to expand access to information on beneficial ownership likely, in practice, to enhance the ability of low-income countries t…

The Dark Side of Solar: How the Rising Solar Industry Empowers Political Interests that could Impede a Clean Energy Transition

Fossil fuels still supply most of the world’s energy needs. Today, solar power provides just 2 percent of the world’s electricity, and the generation of electricity, in turn, accounts for just a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. To a…

Tax in Development: Towards a Strategic Aid Approach

Raising a higher share of the value added in an economy for the public purpose is associated with state building, modern economic growth and development. From 2002-3 to date, low- and lower-middle income countries raised total tax and non-tax revenu…

Thinking about the Symbiotic Relationship between the Media and Terrorism

In terms of counter-terrorism, mass media coverage of terrorist acts created a situation where a symbiotic relationship is established between the media and terrorism. To elaborate, both of these parties rely on each other to further strengthen thei…

The Global Context: Major Forces Shaping Our World

The main message of this paper is that our world is undergoing a profound transformation in multiple aspects. These, at a minimum, include the following: the degree and manner of our acceptance of or opposition to increased integration as trading n…

Bridging the Digital Divide and Supporting Increased Digital Trade: Scoping Study

The global economy is experiencing important technological shifts, with the rise of digital technology a key driver. This can be seen today in the rapid growth of the digital economy, broadly defined as the use of digital technologies to facilitate …

BRICS, Africa and Global Economic Governance: Achievements and the Future

This paper explores both the efforts of the BRICS in advancing reforms in international financial institutions (IFIs), considering specifically how coherent and united the grouping has been in these efforts and the extent to which each member of the…

The Future of Manufacturing Employment

In March 2018, CDE invited Robert Lawrence to speak to a number of audiences of policy-makers and business leaders about the evolution of manufacturing activities globally, the extent to which digitisation and robotisation are undermining the prospe…

ELRI Newsletter Issue 4

This newsletter discusses several issues regarding global warming and climate variability under the following headings: Copenhagen Accord: An insufficient accord to starve off global climate problems; Global Warming and the media; Climate change and…

Artificial Intelligence and Political Science

The future of representative democracy is uncertain. The gradual consolidation of its institutions, procedures, cultural and ideological references, was directly congruent with the evolution of the industrial age economic and social compound. But th…

Automation and Artificial Intelligence: How Machines are Affecting People and Places

The power and prospect of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) initially alarmed technology experts, for fear that machine advancements would destroy jobs. Then came a correction of sorts, with a wave of reassurances minimizing their negative…

De la COP21 à la COP24: bilan d’étape / From COP21 to COP24: Progress Report

Collective action to combat climate change has long been hindered by powerful divisions, both geopolitical and economic; North / South, industrialized countries / developing countries, fossil fuels / renewables, multilateralism and solidarity versus…

From a Bleak Global Outlook to Speculative Strategies: Understanding the Downturn in Metal Prices

Prices of nearly all industrial and precious metals have been on a downward trend for several months. A tightening US monetary policy and the subsequent dollar appreciation partly explain this trajectory, but it is above all the mounting global macr…

De l’Assombrissement des Perspectives Mondiales aux Stratégies Spéculatives: comment Comprendre le Repli des cours des Métaux ? / From a Bleak Global Outlook to Speculative Strategies: Understanding the Downturn in Metal Prices

Prices of nearly all industrial and precious metals have been on a downward trend for several months. A tightening US monetary policy and the subsequent dollar appreciation partly explain this trajectory, but it is above all the mounting global macr…

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