Global Policy Next Generation's Opinion pieces provide short commentaries on current issues facing the global policy community. Writers also introduce articles from the journal or update research findings and arguments presented in previously published pieces. Contributors represent a diverse range of young and early career academics and practitioners.

Responsible Development in Nigeria: Addressing Environmental and Social Damage

Nma Chinaza Agada analyses the roles that cross-sectoral environmental, social and governance laws can play in tackling institutional causes of environmental degradation and social disintegration in Nigeria.

In the Niger-Delta of Nigeria, the colour is black.  Soot displaces mists.  Crude oil spreads like a blanket over waters. The colour red is prominent, too.  Bloodshed accompanies the insecurity, crime and conflict that ravage the region. These, in spite of a large Gross Domestic Product (GDP), are some of the legacies of the oil and gas sector in Nigeria. (Continued...)


Will Science-Based Targets Save Us? Insights from the Global Food Industry

Amy Janzwood and Caitlin Scott explain why food companies have committed to science-based targets to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and argue that the unique challenges of the agricultural industry compromise the effectiveness of these targets. 

Have you ever wondered how carbon intensive your favourite snacks are? Probably not. But the companies that make them are. Their concern centres on climate change, which will make it harder for these companies to have cheap access to the ingredients and resources they depend on. More than two years after the Paris Agreement most governments continue to backtrack and filibuster as they unroll uninspiring national climate strategies. (Continued...)


The Helsinki Effect

Gregory Stiles, Editor of Global Policy: Next Generation, explores the re-awakening of the bilateral-summit model in international politics.

The recent summit meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki has come to reinforce the perception of egotistic world leaders using bilateral meetings to solve intractable international issues. Coming on the heels of the groundbreaking North Korea summit, the stage has been set for a new norm of political drama that exemplifies turbulent international relations. (Continued...)












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