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By on 12 Jun, 2014 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

One of the key moments of the NSA-affair from a German perspective was the revelation that the phone of German chancellor Angela Merkel had been tapped. She reacted by stating that "spying among friends, that cannot be" and bemoaned a loss of trust.  

By on 23 Jul, 2013 | From the channel/s: E-Learning

2012 was the year of the MOOC. MOOC, an acronym for massive open online courses, grabbed the media attention and became a widely discussed topic in education. Three of the most famous initiatives, Coursera, Udacity and edX enabled a large world-wide audience to take courses from elite universities for free. Especially the fact that high-level education suddenly became available for free for anyone who wanted to take part, was heralded as a major advantage and the start of a new era in education.

By on 04 Jul, 2013 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

Is a norm still a norm when you feel free to ignore it at will? The Guardian reports today that a hidden microphone was found in the embassy of Ecuador to the UK. The Ecuadorian embassy hosts Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, who has been staying on embassy premises for more than a year now to avoid extradition to Sweden.  

By on 18 Jun, 2013 | From the channel/s: Diplo Blog

The Guardian reports that during the London G20 summit in 2009, British intelligence services read delegates’ e-mail exchanges, hacked delegates’ smart phones and even set up an internet café for G20 participants with the purpose of extracting password details and related information. It seems that the aim was to provide real-time or at least timely information to gain negotiation advantages during the summit.

By on 02 May, 2013 | From the channel/s: Climate Change

Who is a refugee? Who should be offered protection from human suffering? Much depends on how we define legal concepts.

By on 02 Apr, 2013 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

Today, Diplo gathers to discuss “Persuasion, The Essence of Diplomacy.” I am intrigued by the conference contributions. Reading about the conference topic also inspired some new thinking on metaphors, an issue that has been my companion on the academic journey for some time now.  

By on 16 Jan, 2013 | From the channel/s: Climate Change

There is general agreement that the recent climate change negotiations in Doha were a failure from many perspectives, especially with regards to making progress towards a post-Kyoto regime as well as with making the Green Climate Fund operational.

By on 29 Dec, 2012 | From the channel/s: Climate Change

Let’s bring out the big questions: Should climate change negotiations be organised according to the “one state one vote” principle?

This time between Christmas and New Year is called “in between the years” in Germany. It is the best time to reflect back and look ahead. The above question was raised as part of a previous conversation between Aldo Matteucci and me on representation and climate change negotiations. And “being in between the years” is the ideal time to tackle it.

By on 11 Dec, 2012 | From the channel/s: Climate Change

One of the few widely praised decisions coming out of the recent climate change negotiations (COP18) is a text on “loss and damage.” It is generally hailed as an important acknowledgement of historic responsibilities and common but differentiated responsibilities. This is the first time that “loss and damage” from climate change is acknowledged in a legal text and it is the first time a pledge has been made to compensate developing states for loss and damage incurred from climate change.

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