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"Democracies that defend liberty must recover their unilateral sovereignty, politically and philosophically, if they want to promote the universality of human rights and defend the victims denied them."

U.N. and Human Rights

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Cuba, China, Pakistan, Russia and Uzbekistan, all notorious for abusing human rights, are among the 14 countries elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council on October 13, bringing the proportion of nondemocratic states on the world’s top human rights promoting body to 60%

In 2016, Trump’s victory came as a surprise. While the 2016 race had narrowed significantly in the final two weeks of the 2016 campaign, the Realclearpolitics average of national polls had still indicated a 3.2% lead for Clinton on the eve of the vote with 46.8% versus 43.6% for Trump.

US Elections Update: A Narrower Lead for Biden

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Despite a tightening race, another come-from-behind victory for Trump as in 2016 is very unlikely in 2020

"As the former president and father of the nation, Nursultan Nazarbayev, continues watching over the nation, younger generations of politicians and bureaucrats slowly take over new roles and responsibilities, both closer to the top of the country, but also closer to the people."

Asia’s Heart, Nursultan

By: EBR | Monday, October 19, 2020

The 1990s were a period of relief after almost 50 years of Cold War

"Four years of radically revisionist U.S. international policy have emboldened autocrats around the world, prompted foreign adventurism, escalated conflict on Europe’s borders, and sowed division among partners."

Can the United States Regain Its Global Leadership?

By: EBR | Friday, October 16, 2020

The world is in desperate need of American leadership. But what should America’s allies and competitors expect from the next U.S. president? Here are Carnegie’s views from China, Europe, India, Lebanon, Russia, and the United States

"If it were not for the virus, the devastating wildfires we’ve witnessed over the past year in the Amazon, Australia, Indonesia and the US, just to name some examples, would arguably have made global warming a more central topic."

COVID-19 could distract the world from even greater threats

By: EBR | Friday, October 16, 2020

COVID-19 has unquestionably delivered one of the biggest shocks to our planet in generations

Blue foods tend to be ignored in discussions about how to feed the world’s growing population sustainably.

Why the future of food must be blue as well as green

By: EBR | Friday, October 16, 2020

Fish are food. We know that. And yet, in discussions about the future of food, that simple fact tends to be forgotten

In Germany, about 40% of people wanted to work from home at least some of the time even before the pandemic struck.

Germany drafting law to give people the legal right to work from home

By: EBR | Thursday, October 15, 2020

Germany has said that it wants to give its citizens the legal right to work from home

"How can we prevent this election meltdown? One important step is that voters in U.S. battleground states should forget voting by mail."

The Red Mirage

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 14, 2020

What happens if Trump declares victory on election night, and tries to dispute any “late” uncounted ballots — both in the courts and in the free-for-all of public opinion?

Last month President Donald Trump nominated conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett to succeed the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a progressive icon.

Trump’s Supreme Court candidate dodges a tricky issue

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Is it legally correct that shortly before the presidential elections in 2016 the Republican majority in the US Senate blocked the nomination for an Associate Justice by Democratic President Obama?

"Repeated incidents of gang rape in India are not isolated events, but reflect widespread gender and caste discrimination in the country."

India: Gender Inequality Seriously Harms Women and Girls

By: EBR | Monday, October 12, 2020

The problem of abuse of women in India will only be solved by changing entrenched culture norms that allow the abuse and degradation of women

Taiwan shares the EU’s sense of urgency on the need to address climate change. Taiwan’s low electricity operating reserve rate reminds us that going green is not just about protecting the planet, but it is also about energy security.

Offshore wind industry cooperation between Taiwan and the EU: a win-win situation

By: EBR | Monday, October 12, 2020

The European Commission, like many governmental bodies around the world, is thinking critically about its international economic policy and has recently launched a major review of its trade policy

The global shift towards subscriptions is being driven by changing customer preferences and expectations, financial markets that reward companies with healthy recurring revenue businesses, and competitive pressures from digital natives as well as market incumbents that are transforming their businesses around innovative subscription models.

Why the downturn is good news for subscription companies

By: EBR | Wednesday, October 7, 2020

2020 has been filled with headlines that revolve around the word ’crisis’– the coronavirus crisis, the financial crisis, the climate crisis, and many more

Decades of US naval drills on a Puerto Rican island may have inflicted untold collateral damage. Armed forces everywhere should learn the lesson.

The All-Too-Real Consequences of Military War Games

By: EBR | Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Militaries around the world train regularly to ensure troops stay fit for combat, but for one army at least, the drills have become deadlier than the real deal

With 20% of the world’s population and 10% of the global agricultural area and only 7% of the world’s freshwater reserves, China, in addition to increasing its own production, is forced to import food in a major way, certainly food that requires water in production, such as grains and meat.

China: The thirsty drowning dragon

By: EBR | Monday, October 5, 2020

In all articles these days about China’s position in the world, one subject has remained underexposed: the country’s great ecological vulnerability

"Trump is trailing in the polls, and he should have focused on appealing to moderate Republican women in the suburbs, minorities and swing voters."

Biden 1, Trump 0 in the First Round

By: EBR | Friday, October 2, 2020

Democrats who had been anxious about how Biden would perform can breathe a sigh of relief

The resolution should address a few levels of the problem. One is the geopolitical context: Russia’s twenty-seven-year-long security domination in the Caucasus, which has clearly proved to be not a factor of stabilization but one of control, based on consolidation of Soviet legacies—expressed in conflict narratives, paradigms, institutions, and governance—must be neutralized.

Is Peace Possible Between Armenia and Azerbaijan?

By: EBR | Friday, October 2, 2020

Armenia and Azerbaijan are blaming each other for the latest surge of violence over Nagorny Karabakh. The consequences for the region are unpredictable, but much will depend on the intentions of Russia and Turkey

"Looking forward to the vice-presidential debate next week, maybe one of them will act like a President."

First Presidential debate: Trump and Biden clash

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, September 30, 2020

President Donald Trump and former Vice-President Joe Biden clashed in the first (of the three) presidential debates over the Supreme Court, the coronavirus, the economy and the race-issue

Businesses in industries including travel, automotive and energy are currently seeking new lines of credit, and once the public and banking sectors have reached certain thresholds, we will see capital markets players step in to offer direct lending and other forms of debt.

How banks can help companies restructure for growth

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 29, 2020

The fallout from COVID-19 continues to challenge and disrupt economies around the world, but the banking and capital markets sectors can help steady the ship

The United States and Greece shared views on the Eastern Mediterranean and reaffirmed their belief that maritime delimitation issues should be resolved peacefully in accordance with international law.

Joint Statement Regarding the High-Level Review of the U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue

By: EBR | Monday, September 28, 2020

Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias and U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo conducted a high-level review of the U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue on September 28, 2020, in anticipation of the third Strategic Dialogue to be held in Washington, DC in 2021

As the President of the European Commission, Ms von der Leyen mentioned in her first State of the Union address, “[the EU] will continue to believe in open and fair trade across the world. Not as an end in itself – but as a way to deliver prosperity at home and promote our values and standards”.

Taiwan: The EU’s ideal supply chain partner in Asia

By: EBR | Monday, September 28, 2020

Much ink has been spilled on the topic of the relationship between the European Union and the People’s Republic of China over recent weeks; from imbalanced trade to values and principles

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Another Covid-19 effect: more old cars, less public transport

N. Peter KramerBy: N. Peter Kramer

Internet searches for older cars has spiked since the summer. A for Reuters conducted analysis of car registration data in, among others, France, Germany, Italy and Spain shows a significant shift toward older, used cars

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