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Spotlight on EUDIPLO and GEGPA Research

This blog is dedicated to current topics in the realm of global economic governance and climate diplomacy. It features contributions by experts, students and alumni of GEGPA, the Joint Master in Global Economic Governance and Public Affairs & EUDIPLO, the Joint Master in EU Trade and Climate Diplomacy, organised by CIFE in partnership with the LUISS School of Government.
The blog offers students, lecturers and partners the opportunity to present their research on the topics of economic governance and climate diplomacy. Furthermore, it provides the general public with a glance into some of the research activities conducted at CIFE. 


Research & Policy Papers


The Three Amigos Unite: An Inside Look at the Summit of North American Leaders, Simone Lucatello
In January 2023, the “Three Amigos” (USA, Canada and Mexico) gathered in Mexico City to hold the Summit of the North American Leaders (SNAL), convening in one of the most important diplomatic events of the year. President Biden, Prime Minister Trudeau and President López Obrador met in a three-day meetings and conference to discuss mainly the strengthening of important long-term cooperation to make North America a more economically and competitive area, prepared to face global challenges. Main topics included the future relations with China and other partners around the world. It was also the opportunity to talk about security, migration, climate change and possible future threats for the region.
Simone Lucatello is a Full-time Researcher at Instituto Mora, a public research centre based in Mexico City, Mexico. 
Read or download a brief of the summit 

Simone Lucatello

Here It Goes Again! The IMF’s Call for Urgent Debt Reduction requires a Governance Framework, Michel-Henry Bouchet
The IMF keeps preaching generous debt reduction across the board without clear governance conditionality, hence generating moral hazard that boils down to providing blank checks for corrupt elites. For many of the eligible countries, debt problems stem from bad governance, including a combustible mix of corruption, unabated capital flight, bad prioritization of spending, and poorly designed fiscal and monetary policies. Without a strict governance enforcement framework, external debt cancellation will only keep encouraging institutionalized kleptocracy. The international civil servants should shift their priorities toward funding closely monitored development projects, together with on the ground NGOs, to make sure that aid-related official financing directly contributes to improving local populations’ well-being.”
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Michel-Henry Bouchet



Interviews & Videos


Policy Making at the Global Level - The Role of the United Nations | Interview with Dr Richard Byron-Cox, UNCCD
"Compromise is not weakness, but the internal grace of reason." Learning about Policy Making at the global level from a seasoned negotiator at the United Nations' UNCCD.Interview with Richard Byron-Cox on the art of making necessary compromise and the concept of "One Health". 
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Advancing Sustainability Studies | Interview with Solène Droy, IASS
"The sustainability conundrum can be seen as “wicked problem” if you consider it at a global level and from a complex systems perspective." 
Solène Droy is Head of the Research Group "International dialogues for pathways to sustainable futures" at the nstitute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Germany.
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Philanthropy and Sustainable Development
"The strength of philanthropy is its ability to be ubiquitous and versatile."
Interview with Anne-Cathrine Frogg Spadola, Marc Salzmann and Laurent Douek from Swiss Philanthropy on the foundation's work and its engagement for a committed philanthropy among private and institutional donors, with a purpose of public utility. On the occasion of their workshop "Philanthropy and Sustainable Development" with students of the Joint Masters in Global Economic Governance & Public Affairs and EU Trade & Climate Diplomacy on 27 and 28 June 2022 in Nice.
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CIFExpress | An Outlook on the Upcoming Debt Crises by Michel-Henry Bouchet
Despite waves of debt and financial crises since the 1970s, this time, it’s different! In his outlook on the upcoming debt crises, Michel-Henry Bouchet analyses the current, highly critical economic situation in which developing countries are faced with converging shockwaves including shrinking economic growth and investment flows, coupled with higher rates of interest - in a context of geopolitical turmoil that increases energy, fertilizer, and food prices.
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RIchard Byron-Cox

Solène Droy

Anne-Cathrine Frogg Spadola

Laurent Douek


Student Papers & Podcasts

This category features the best blog articles from the Joint Master students submitted as a deliverable for the completion of their workshops in Nice.

Embracing the Wisdom of Ages: How Indigenous Values Offer Fresh Perspectives on Climate Action
By Laure-Anne Menke, Laura Mazzoni, Dana Ross, Mostafa Ajamay - June 2023
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Why the EU Should Include Circular Economy Products in Its Ecodesign Regulation
By Francesco Bellati - June 2023
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NEWS from the GEGPA & EUDIPLO Network

In October 2022, Björn Fondén and Arne Ellerbeck, recent graduates of GEGPA and EUDIPLO have founded the Institute for Climate Policy Solutions (ICPS). the world's first youth-led global think-tank aiming to provide sustainable and concrete policy solutions to the climate crisis.
Their mission statement: At the ICPS, we believe there is a need to bridge the gap between the growing movement of young people in the streets, and the people in power that are shaping our future. There is a need for us, as young people, to level up our activism, to bring it into the meeting rooms, to not just be a fire in the streets but also a trusted, professional partner in shaping the concrete climate policy solutions we so desperately need - because we cannot trust the policymakers of yesterday to design the transformative policy changes needed to secure our future.
Read more about ICPS and how you can contribute.


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