Columns & Media

Contributing the Public Debate

The Bridge Tank is committed to delivering clear ideas, relevant to all –– specialists and citizens alike who are seeking a better understanding of the challenges of globalization and the evolution of global ecosystems. In this section, our team presents a set of editorials and chronicles or reports on our media presence.

  • African solutions for the African lockdown 5 April 2020 Hakima el Haite, President of Liberal International, Joël Ruet and Iman Zbib wrote together and article for La Tribune entitled “African solutions for the African lockdown” on the 4th of April 2020. They highlighted the importance of African initiatives to help population go through lockdown, so that the important solidarity… Lire la suite
  • Healthcare needs global governance 19 March 2020 By Irina Bojova, Hakima El Haite, George Papandreou, Joël Ruet. Irina Bokova, former Director-General of UNESCO, Hakima El Haite, President of Liberal International, George Papandreou, former Prime Minister of Greece and President of Socialist International, and Joël Ruet co-published an article in Diplomatic Courier and La Tribune. It was entitled… Lire la suite
  • Tribune: To finance the COP21 promise, Europe must establish a carbon tax on imports 6 August 2018 In the wake of the COP21, August 5, 2018, The Bridge Tank: Philippe Coste, Hakima El Haite, our board members and Joël Ruet, our President, wrote an opinion piece with climate policy specialist Axel Michaelowa on the need to establish a carbon tax on imports. Read the article (in French)… Lire la suite
  • Our Board member Suresh Prabhu gives a talk at the “Invest India” conference at the Davos Forum 30 January 2018 The 2018 edition of the Davos Forum took place between the 23rd and the 26th of January. Suresh Prabhu, Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry, intervened during the “Invest India” conference on the 23rd of January, along with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his State Secretary for Foreign Trade. The Minister and… Lire la suite
  • France Might Miss The Great African Transformation 15 September 2017 No French diplomat was present at the launching of the African Union “2016 Transition Report” in New York on September 21st. Is it because it is an internal matter of the African Union, or is it symptomatic of a French disregard for the  transformation of the continent ? In either case,… Lire la suite
  • When a South African court attacks the remaining pillar of globalization 19 July 2017 The G20 leaders met on the 7th and 8th July in the harbour city of Hamburg, a Symbol of trade where they sought new keys to globalization through investment. Thousands of kilometers to the south, would the setting seizure of an innocuous African boat of fertilizers anchored in an African… Lire la suite
  • The reopening of the Bonn climate negotiations: what are the challenges for COP 23? 23 May 2017 Joël Ruet was interviewed by the Moroccan National Radio and Television Company (SNRT) on the reopening of negotiations in Bonn.     One of the main issues raised during this interview was the ambiguous position of the United States, as the election of Donald Trump represents an uncertainty for the… Lire la suite
  • The case for sovereign climate bonds How to combat climate change with fiscal policy? 15 February 2017 “Investment in a low-carbon future is a key priority for many governments across the developed and developing world, and also for central banks looking to diversify their investment portfolios. One proposal for turning this priority into action is through the creation of climate policy performance bonds – calling them ‘sovereign climate… Lire la suite
  • How Eastern Europe’s Right Deprived the World from Its First Female UN Secretary-General 13 October 2016 “As a Western European male and a Socialist, I should incidentally be very pleased with the election of Antonio Guterres as the next UN Secretary-General.After all Mr. Guterres is a seasoned diplomat, who masters several languages, and was able to gain the support of all the Security Councilmembers ,not a… Lire la suite
  • On Europe, the UN Security Council and the race for next UN-SG 12 September 2016 The UN Security Council vote on Friday and the events of this weekend have suddenly turned the UN Secretary-General election from a marathon race into a sprint finish, with more twists and turns to come. Contrary to Ban Ki-moon’s election ten years ago, the race remains vivid. But the running… Lire la suite
  • Green Economy: An Opportunity for Youth Employment 9 September 2016 “In a context of global environmental challenges, solutions toward a Green Economy can provide a employment opportunities for the global youth. Besides experts proposals, democratic discussion among the youth can provide lively and rich with ideas, based on as many stories of successful sustainable development projects to be shared among… Lire la suite
  • Africa Wants its Own, West-free, Path to Development 24 August 2016 “At the 27thsummit of the African Union (AU), which took place in Kigali on the 17thand 18thof July, as a first,the AU’s invited none of its partners: France, the United States, the United Kingdom, China, the European Union, had to read the press… This was neither an oversight nor an… Lire la suite
  • Mrs. UN Secretary General : The Final Race Ticks In 20 July 2016 This year’s election process for the position of the next UN Secretary General is by far the most open and transparent in the UN’s history following 70 years of closed-door negotiating and secretive lobbying. On Tuesday for the first time, ten out of twelve candidates took part in two televised… Lire la suite
  • COP 22 in Morocco : African solutions for Africa and the world ? 2 June 2016 Morocco just announced its three top priorities for COP22, inviting partner countries to join the “Triple A” initiative : “Adaptation, Agriculture, Africa”. For the three co-authors of this OpEd published inJeune Afriqueon the 2nd of June, The initiative appears to be a major step although it has not been headlined by the… Lire la suite
  • The visit of the French President in India, beyond the Rafales’ deal 1 March 2016 The Chairman of The Bridge Tank, Joël Ruet, has commented on France 24 channel the 24th January 2016 the visit of the French President François Hollande in India.   Joël Ruet defended the idea that France needs to understand the position of India today. He said that "Beyond the Rafales ‘… Lire la suite
  • Emerging economies cracked : a matter of economic diversification 15 February 2016 On the occasion of COP21, December 8, Joel Ruet, Chairman of The Bridge Tank, and Guillaume Henry, the lawyer entitled Intellectual Property, presented the report “Sustainable Development and Intellectual Property: Access to technologies emerging” at the prestigious Club “Cercle de l'Union Interalliée”. In his address, Joel Ruet said, “Today, the… Lire la suite
  • The African Way to Emerge : The Vision of the Elites 3 November 2015 Despite growth rates that are close to Asian levels, Africa continues to draw doubts from experts, who point to various structural problems. African elites are conscious of the challenges, but promote a positive vision focused on solutions and opportunities. Mohamed Soual (Chief Economist of Moroccan’s leading industrial company), Mamadou Lamine… Lire la suite
  • Emerging Africa : Under Which Conditions ? 13 October 2015 It’s Africa’s turn to emerge according to experts. But according to those external voices, it will only happen provided that the continent enhances its natural resources. In this column published in Le Monde on the 13th of October 2015, Joel Ruet and El Hadj Kassé (Minister-Counselor to the President of Senegal)… Lire la suite
  • Meet the Prospective Next UN Secretary-General 1 October 2015 Global leaders are gathering in New York this week for the 70thregular session of the United Nations General Assembly, and the search for Ban Ki-moon’s successor is intensifying. Candidates will be needed who have experience in shepherding complex multilateral relationships, can be a bridge builder between the United States, Russia, and… Lire la suite
  • French Blindness on Indian Industry 1 June 2015 Beyond the Rafale’s “deal” with India, France needs to fundamentally change the way it understands the position of India within the global economy today. As India develops partnerships and seeks to strengthen its power in global industry, France needs to incorporate India’s new vision and “Make in India” program into… Lire la suite
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