Alfredo Aguilar
Towards a different economic order: A vision from the South

Towards a different economic order: A vision from the South

Diego BorjaThe deglobalisation process has been evolving on its own for some time. It was aggravated first by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and then by the West’s confrontation with Russia. These recent events accelerated regional consolidation dynamics in the region commonly referred to as the Global South, not only economically but also commercially and financially. As a matter of fact, it is the overall supply of products and resources, as well as financial exchanges between countries...

The Battle for Democracy: Empowering Citizens and Cities

The Battle for Democracy: Empowering Citizens and Cities

David KoranyiJul-Dec, 2023-Updated in May 2024-As the 21st century unfolds, the battle to preserve and strengthen democratic governance has become a defining struggle of our time. Authoritarian forces are gaining ground, eroding democratic norms, and consolidating power across the world. This pervasive threat to democracy demands a comprehensive and unified global response. By empowering citizen-to-citizen collaboration, leveraging powerful digital toolkits to support citizen engagement, and...

The age of uncertainty. Liminal time

The age of uncertainty. Liminal time

Álvaro García Linera“Nearly all the economic forces that powered progress and prosperity over the last three decades are fading.” World Bank, March 2023 Symptoms of a Torn Time For 35 years, from 1980 to 2005, the moral and labour order of much of the world was governed by a set of basic principles. These principles encouraged an imagined and inevitable destiny for the course of societies. They underpinned the personal and family efforts with which individuals justified their daily activities,...

The rise of the far right as a result of the crisis of neoliberalism: the case of Argentina

The rise of the far right as a result of the crisis of neoliberalism: the case of Argentina

Soledad MagnoJavier Milei's rise to the presidency in Argentina represents one of the most striking outcomes of the crisis afflicting the current neoliberal system. This crisis is both systemic and global, and it encompasses multiple dimensions—including food security, climate change and public health—, but it is also compounded by the breakdown of the social contract and the advent of new information and communication technologies. Neoliberalism: A look back Neoliberalism originated in the...

Global Tensions and Trade Sovereignty

Global Tensions and Trade Sovereignty

Pedro Manuel MorenoIt takes a world to feed a world. In the 21st century, with a global population of 8 billion, it would be impossible to feed everyone without the benefits of international trade. This principle applies equally to energy and the green transition: Today, only a handful of countries can claim true sovereignty over their food and energy supplies and are those that, strictly speaking, produce sufficient food and energy for their own needs. Hence, discussing food sovereignty or...

Peace, an Ongoing Endeavour

José Luis Rodríguez ZapateroA horizon of hope marked the dawn of this century, heralded by the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the United Nations. For the first time in history, nations worldwide united in endorsing a comprehensive plan—a programme aimed at eradicating hunger, improving health, advancing education, upholding gender equality, combating desertification and tackling climate change. For the first time in history, a world-encompassing development agenda was...

Breaking the Vicious Cycle: the Urgency of Reforming the International Financial Architecture

Breaking the Vicious Cycle: the Urgency of Reforming the International Financial Architecture

Ivana Vasic-LalovicJul-Dec, 2023-Updated in May 2024- A New Volcker Shock? Speaking after the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings in October 2023, Joseph Stiglitz likened today’s looming debt crisis to that of the 1980s, which was precipitated by a sharp spike in the US Fed rate, known as the Volcker Shock. [1][1] Stiglitz, J. (2023, October 16). Dealing with Debt Crises: Taking stock after Marrakech. Paris, France. Available at:...

Why democracies must deliver

Why democracies must deliver

Salil Shetty | Omar WaraichJul-Dec, 2023 -Updated in March 2024-When the people of Brazil threw off Jair Bolsonaro’s authoritarian rule, the celebrations were heard far beyond Bahia, Pernambuco and Maranhão. Across the world, numerous countries have witnessed strongmen vaulting to power through the ballot, using their time in office to eviscerate democracy from within. For alarmed onlookers, Bolsonaro’s fall created an important opening. “Thank you, Brazil”, the Indian journalist Rana Ayyub...

The 2024 Summit of the Future: an opportunity for U.N. regeneration in an era of radical disruptions

Youssef MahmoudJul-Dec, 2023We live in a threshold moment, a liminal space in human history where the world we have known is dying and a new one is yet to be born. During this unsettling interregnum, the multilateral governance system expected to help us navigate the ongoing state of reconfiguration [1][1] Villanueva, Idoia. A More Multipolar but not more Democratic International Scenario: The Geopolitical (dis)Order of a World in Reconfiguration, Metapolis V3N2, October 2022.Available here:...

Towards serious biodiversity policy: foreign debt in the long duree of extractivism

Audrey Irvine-Broque | Jessica DempseyJan-Jun, 2023A hamstrung multilateral agreement It was the early morning hours of December 19th, 2022, and government negotiators were still locked in closed-door meetings. Behind those doors was also the document that everyone was here to see: the final draft of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, the crowning achievement of the two-week negotiation, and the many weeks and years of meetings that came before that. Under the shadow of the...