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31 march 2021

Samuel Zipp, director of the Urban Studies program at Brown University, writes at History News Network, “Three quarters of a century ago, during World War II, as the U.S.-led global order was taking shape, the 1940 Republican presidential candidate Wendell Willkie tried to warn his fellow citizens away from taking too narrow a prospect on the world at […]

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30 march 2021

Global Minnesota will host a virtual World Health Day Symposium on April 7. The topic “extends all the way from local grassroots issues to global policy initiatives. With its reputation for health care, organizations and companies based in Minnesota are in a unique position to share expertise in improving global health. As the facilitator of this symposium, Global […]

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Democracy Without Borders: “V-Dem Report 2021: Global Wave of Autocratization Accelerates”

By Stefan Kalberer Autocratization continued across the world and went “viral” in 2020: The level of democracy enjoyed by the average global citizen is down to levels last found around 1990. This is one of the main findings of this year’s report of the Varieties of Democracy Institute (V-Dem) based at the University of Gothenburg […]

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29 march 2021

Arvind Ashta of the Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté in Dijon, France, writes on the Democracy Without Borders website, “Federalism has many advantages, as explained in the Federalist Papers more than two centuries ago, including peace and free movement of people and capital within defined borders. The inability of states to deal with the pandemic should encourage us to explore new approaches […]

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26 march 2021

Stefan Kalberer writes on the Democracy Without Borders website, “Autocratization continued across the world and went ‘viral’ in 2020: The level of democracy enjoyed by the average global citizen is down to levels last found around 1990,” according to the latest report of the Varieties of Democracy Institute at the University of Gothenburg. The study concluded that “25 states are in democratic […]

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Democracy Without Borders: “Let the People Determine the Best Candidate for UN Secretary-General”

By Colombe Cahen-Salvador and Andrea Venzon The selection process of the United Nations Secretary-General is underway. The process is obscure, the timeline unclear and the stakeholders are meeting behind closed doors. This is problematic on a number of levels. The world is facing unprecedented global challenges: climate change is accelerating, democracy is being eroded, and […]

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25 march 2021

The World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy has released its February 2021 Virtual Conference Summary Report online. WFM-IGP “convened its second virtual conference on 20 February 2021, following the success of its first virtual conference on 24-25 October 2020. This one-day conference explored democracy and supranational governance, peace and security frameworks, and environmental justice as well as their relevance […]

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24 march 2021

Stuart Clark of the Federalist Party of the UK writes on the Citizens for Global Solutions website, “The pandemic has shown us how much can be achieved in the face of adversity when global collaboration takes place, as we can see in the work of the scientists creating the vaccines. … We must move now while the populations of the world are […]

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23 march 2021

Colombe Cahen-Salvador and Andrea Venzon write on the Democracy Without Borders website about their Forward project, which is “organizing open digital primaries to identify the first people-backed candidate for the position of United Nations Secretary-General. People from all corners of this planet can join this initiative, vote and themselves become a candidate. … Forward’s campaign has little chances of succeeding this […]

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22 march 2021

The London School of Economics and Political Science website runs an essay by Arvind Ashta of the Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté in Dijon, France, entitled “It Is Time to Seriously Consider the Advantages of a World Federal Government”. Ashta argues, “Federalism has many advantages, as explained in the Federalist Papers more than two centuries ago, including peace and free movement […]