As 2020 draws to a close, the world’s third fastest-growing economy grapples with both war and a humanitarian crisis.

by: Babatunde P. Odubekun & Geoffrey von Zastrow

Promise of Peace

In 2019 the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded its peace prize to Abiy Ahmed Ali, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, explaining that Abiy had “initiated important…

Bunker Hill: The Hidden Toll on the Labor Force That We’re Not Talking About.

by: Geoffrey von Zastrow & Babatunde P. Odubekun

When U.S. unemployment broke record highs in May of this year, a direct result of the Covid-19 induced lockdowns, Congress — in a rare show of bipartisanship —…

A quick reminder as we are living through one of the most divisive and polarized times in recent American history, it’s important to remember that democracy isn’t about winning or losing elections; on the contrary, the goal of democracy is to provide meaningful processes for citizens to make informed decisions…

Is there a case to be made for regulation as fuel for innovation?

By: Babatunde P. Odubekun & Geoffrey von Zastrow

Regulation is good. There, we said it. Targeted and effective restrictions on commercial activity keep the market’s “animal spirits” in check. This applies to both monopolies and to the…

Remember that coup in Mali? You’d be forgiven for forgetting, given that it hasn’t been in headlines at all of late. For anyone who has lived in a country where elections might literally be life or death events, the Mali coup and its aftermath are not too hard to imagine…

The long road to reopening universities in the United states has been fraught with obstacles, ranging from wild maskless parties, to litigation over full-time tuition for hybrid instruction, to ICE imposing visa restrictions on international students. …

At a time where information is more widely available than ever before, sifting through the noise to find out what is true has become a difficult — even partisan — task. There’s a reason for that.

by: Babatunde P. Odubekun & Geoffrey von Zastrow

Who Do You Trust?

Of all the institutions affected by a lack of public faith, the news media…

by: Geoffrey von Zastrow & Babatunde P. Odubekun

Even in a low growth economy, the renewable energy sector continues to expand. The question for presidential politics is not whether or not the cleantech sector continues to grow but, rather, how quickly it accelerates.

The Future of Energy: It’s Already Here

As the United States braces for yet…

When talking about climate change it is often common to hear the term “carbon budget,” but what exactly is a carbon budget? In order to confront the mounting climate crisis, it is critical to understand what the carbon budget is. …

by: Babatunde P. Odubekun & Geoffrey von Zastrow

As the United States reels from the persistent and growing threat of COVID-19 and the ensuing economic fallout, a third crisis is afoot: the freefall of graduate degree programs.

The announcement that Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management is effectively shuttering its…

Geoffrey von Zastrow

Focused on climate change & sustainable international development. Twitter @von_Zastrow, IG @von_zastrow. Alumni @Columbia & the @earthinstitute

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