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Could the war in Ukraine encourage Western leaders to finally deal with shadow finance?

by Johnny Flentø
'I say to the Russian oligarchs and the corrupt leaders who bilked billions of dollars off this violent regime: no more… We are coming for your ill-begotten gains.' -Joe Biden at the 1 March 2022, State of the Union Address One way that Western sanctions on Russia are supposed to work is by pressuring influential Russian business leaders to oppose Putin’s foreign policy actions. Russian oligarchs have kept vast sums of wealth and financial assets in Western...

From offshore oil to offshore finance

by Giovanna Marcolongo, Diego Zambiasi
In many countries, news of an oil discovery or the award of an exploration license is rarely greeted with enthusiasm by the general public. Any hopes of widespread development quickly vanish once people realize only a small elite group stands to benefit. Estimates of global foreign bribery suggest that 20% of transnational bribes are linked to the extractive sector. Corruption is rampant in the oil, gas, and mining industries. Fighting corruption is difficult because detecting corruption...

Seeking asylum from nowhere— how origin shapes the context of reception

by Sarah Dean, Phi Hong Su
Afghanistan is the world’s newest nowhere, a predicament that will shape the evacuation and resettlement prospects for millions of people for the foreseeable future. What does it mean to call Afghanistan a ‘nowhere’? As of 14 April 2022, the United States and allies do not recognize the Taliban-controlled government as a legitimate representative of the country. Consequently, the Afghan Central Bank’s assets remain frozen, exacerbating a humanitarian crisis within...

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What political science can tell us about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has rightly stirred outrage against an act of naked aggression, and sympathy for the plight of ordinary Ukrainians forced to flee their homes and to become refugees...

War Armed conflict
The UNU-WIDER Visiting PhD Fellowship – in my experience

I now work as an assistant professor at Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China...

Academic excellence UNU-WIDER PhD Fellowship
Zelenskiy’s wartime transformation: From comedian to national hero

Shock over the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022 continues to be felt...

War Armed conflict
From conflict preventor to security actor: European Peace Facility, Ukraine, and the evolution of EU’s role

Russia’s war of aggression on Ukraine has catalysed the European Union (EU) — criticised as a paper tiger yet acknowledged to evolve through crises — to take concrete steps in security and defence action...

War Armed conflict
Does access to microfinance help or hinder women’s empowerment?

Almost everywhere, women are underrepresented in labour markets compared to men...

Gender equality Gender equality; Labour markets Bangladesh
Why Russian brutality may backfire: A political violence perspective

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has been fast shifting into a new phase, one many observers have noted is marked by increasing levels of Russian brutality and harm toward Ukraine’s population...

War Armed conflict
Superpowers, super-spoilers, and hybrid warfare: What the new Cold War means for global cooperation

Last week we woke up to a conflict that had echoes of the Second World War, the Cold War, and the last two decades of hybrid conflict all mixed into one. It is difficult to look beyond the immediate suffering and scale of violations in Ukraine...

Conflict War Armed conflict
Learning from conflicts past: What recent history of Abkhazia tells us about the future of Donetsk and Luhansk

The recognition of disputed territories as independent states rarely brings underlying conflicts to an end...

Armed conflict War
The COVID-19 crisis, informal workers, and gender — understanding the intersections

The COVID-19 crisis — the pandemic, restrictions, and recession — has not been a grand leveler...

Equality and inequality COVID-19 Gender
A fiercely contested omission — or why we need to keep talking about unpaid care

In the late 1950s, the United Nations System of National Accounts was set up to promote the collection of internationally comparable data on productive activity in different countries...

Unpaid labour Gender equality Gender inequality
How will the Russia-Ukraine war be fought?: External support and insurgency tactics

The Ukrainian state, personified by its President Volodymyr Zelenskyy , has been heroic and has surprised many by its ' stiff resistance '. However, Ukrainian cities are increasingly under siege and Russia is sending in reinforcements...

Conflict War
A policy of longer maternity leave is not enough to protect women from disadvantage

The length of maternity leave has direct impacts on critical gender equality outcomes such as women’s employment and lifetime earnings...

Gender equality; Labour markets
Bride price or dowry?

Why is it that in some countries the parents of a bride pay dowry, whereas in some others the groom has to pay for the bride? What is the impact of different traditions on women’s lives?...

Marriage payments Women's empowerment Psychological aspects (Economics)
The conflict in Ukraine - the role of civilians

While there is much to discuss about the geopolitics of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, let's not forget the men, women and children of Ukraine who now face utter devastation to their lives – they matter...

Conflict War Civic participation
Research Brief
Dynamics of domestic revenue mobilization: Are moderate increases more sustainable? February 2022

Domestic revenue mobilization (DRM) — the generation of government revenue from domestic tax and non-tax resources — plays a crucial role in building an enduring financing architecture for sustainable development...

GRD Revenue Domestic revenue mobilization
The tortoise defeats the hare: Does moderate outlast rapid growth in domestic revenue?

The past four decades have seen marked improvements in the collection of domestic revenue (tax and non-tax revenues) in many countries of the Global South...

GRD Tax data Domestic revenue mobilization
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