Evidence-free policy making is on the move. This is a particular challenge for the relationship between scientists and policymakers. A workshop with a high-ranked panel of scientists in Budapest engaged in policy advice and policy-making was debating this in the face of the ongoing discussion about the future of the Central European University (CEU).
Conflict and Human Security
“Prisons [in Brazil] are actually incubators of violence – and of lots of other problems too,” declared Fiona Macaulay in a presentation at CEU’s School of Public Policy on February 2. Macaulay, who is a Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at the University of Bradford, has been studying criminal justice reform and human rights since the mid-1980s. She explained that the number of prisoners has risen dramatically in Latin America in the last 30 years.
Aviation engineers Abdulrahman and Amr Shayah from Aleppo are calling for parachutes to be used to distribute aid rather than bombs to the city. "These engineers believe there's a safe way to deliver food and medical aid to the people of Aleppo, who have been suffering under a siege for over 100 days," said Shattuck Center Fellow AlHakam Shaar.
In a presentation at the Institute of Advanced Study and the School of Public Policy at CEU, Senior Global Challenges Fellow Happymon Jacob discussed his ongoing research on the reasons behind the rise in ceasefire violations (CFVs) on the India-Pakistan border. "There's policy paralysis around CFVs," Jacob said. "People don't understand the underlying reasons and misattribute the cause-and-effect relationship."
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