1. Latest news from the institute (all headlines link to article)

19 April 2010

GG2020 contributes to Global Policy Journal blog

On 7 April 2010, Global Governance 2020 Fellow Tom Hale published the first in a series of blog entries on the Global Policy... more

16 April 2010

TIME magazine interviews GPPi Research Associate on Beijing's crisis management in the wake of the Qinghai earthquake

On 15 April 2010, GPPi Research Associate Björn Conrad commented on China's disaster response in the wake of the major earthquake... more

16 April 2010

GPPi Research Associate presents on improving internal and external communications channels between the UN and business

GPPi Research Associate Wade Hoxtell served as a panelist for a working session and discussion on "Improving Internal and... more

15 April 2010

GPPi in cooperation with Groupe URD selected to undertake Real Time Evaluation of the relief effort in Haiti

The Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) working in cooperation with Groupe URD have been selected by the Inter-Agency Standing... more

15 April 2010

GPPi and Cornell University launch new research project to promote transatlantic policy convergence on food aid

The Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in conjunction with Cornell University has launched a new research and dialogue project... more

13 April 2010

Deutsche Welle interviews GPPi Fellow on the START agreement

GPPi Fellow Sergey Lagodinsky joined renowned experts on international relations Dr. Michael Stürmer and former US Ambassador to... more

12 April 2010

GPPi Fellow publishes chapter on impact measurement of venture philanthropy

GPPi Fellow Susanna Krüger contributed a co-authored chapter in the book entitled, "Venture Philanthropy in Theorie und Praxis"... more

08 April 2010

GPPi Fellow comments on recent developments in nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation

Sergey Lagodinsky was among the four guests for an expert discussion on Deutschlandfunk – a renowned German public radio station.... more

07 April 2010

Munich Security Conference publishes background papers by GPPi

In March 2010, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) published back ground papers authored members of the Global Public Policy... more

26 March 2010

GPPi Fellow speaks at conference on global governance in Rio de Janeiro

On 18 March 2010, GPPi Fellow Oliver Stuenkel gave a presentation at a conference on Brazil, China and global governance,... more

14 March 2010

The Statesman publishes GPPi op-ed “India and Pakistan must re-engage”

GPPi Research Associate Joel Sandhu published an op-ed entitled, "India and Pakistan must re-engage". The piece argues that more... more

12 March 2010

GPPi research associate presents on China’s potential for overcoming the deadlock of the global non-proliferation regime

GPPi Research Associate Stephan Mergenthaler presented on China’s potential for overcoming the deadlock of the global... more

05 March 2010

GPPi and Brookings hold conference on nuclear energy in Potsdam (copy 1)

The Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), in cooperation with the Brookings Institution, held a conference entitled "Towards a... more

22 February 2010

GPPi research associate presents on China’s role at the Copenhagen climate negotiations

GPPi Research Associate Björn Conrad presented on China’s role in international climate negotiations during a panel discussion on... more

01 February 2010

GPPi publishes policy paper on EU integration and the development of an EU external energy policy in Eurasia

GPPi has published a policy paper entitled "European Integration and the Development of a European External Energy Policy in... more

01 February 2010

GPPi Fellow interviewed on UN role in Afghanistan

On 28 January 2010, an interview with GPPi Fellow Philipp Rotmann was featured by Deutsche Welle World in a piece on the role of... more

27 January 2010

GPPi participates in Sino-German Economic Policy Dialogue on "Emerging Economies in the Post-crisis Period"

GPPi Research Associate Björn Conrad took part in a round-table discussion on “Emerging Economies in the Post-crisis Period” on... more

26 January 2010

Berlin Session starts off GPPi’s GG2020 Program

The Global Public Policy Institute and the project partners of "Global Governance 2020: Designing the Future of International... more

20 January 2010

Financial Times Deutschland publishes GPPi article on Haiti Earthquake

On 20 January 2010 the Financial Times Deutschland published an article by Andrea Binder, Project Manager at the Global Public... more

15 January 2010

Conference report for 6th Transatlantic Energy Security Dialogue available

The Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin held the 6th Transatlantic Energy Security Dialogue (TESD)... more

14 January 2010

The Lisbon India Monitor publishes GPPi article “India’s Moment?”

The Lisbon India Monitor published an article by GPPi Research Associate Joel Sandhu entitled, “India’s Moment?” The piece argues... more

14 January 2010

Munich Security Conference announces cooperation with the Global Public Policy Institute

In January 2010, Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference (MSC), announced the cooperation with the Global... more

13 January 2010

GPPi and Brookings launch new project on strengthening transatlantic cooperation on global energy issues

The Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin and the Brookings Institution have launched a new two-year research and dialogue... more

05 January 2010

GPPi publishes book "Global Energy Governance: The New Rules of the Game"

The Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin has recently published a book-length research volume on global energy governance... more

04 January 2010

GPPi sketches out core principles for reforming German development assistance

GPPi Director Wolfgang Reinicke published an article entitled "Gegen den Strich- Entwicklungspolitik" in the January/February... more

21 December 2009

The Statesman publishes GPPi op-ed on Brazil's and India's foreign policy strategy

In an opinion piece entitled "Relations with IMF: India and Brazil Must Let Go Of The Past", published on 16 December 2009,... more

21 December 2009

European Voice publishes GPPi op-ed on EU mission in Kosovo

In an opinion piece published on 17 December 2009, in the European Voice, GPPi Research Associate Raphael Bossong reviews the... more

16 December 2009

GPPi Research Associate contributes to "Transatlantic Dialogue on Terrorism"

On 15 December 2009, GPPi Research Associate Raphael Bossong gave a presentation on the evolution and remaining gaps in the EU's... more

No. 16 - April 2010

Global Public Policy Institute Newsletter


Welcome to the April 2010 issue of the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) newsletter.

We are pleased to announce the launch of a number of new undertakings. First and foremost, the launch of our new research program entitled, "Common Goals - Different Approaches? Strengthening Transatlantic Cooperation on Global Energy Issues" together with The Brookings Institution and funded by the European Commission; Second, we began a new collaborative project with Cornell University entitled, "Uniting on Food Assistance - Promoting Evidence-Based Transatlantic Dialogue and Convergence", which is funded by the European Commission;  Third, we launched a new project entitled, "Inter-Agency Real-Time Evaluation of the Disaster response to the Haiti Earthquake" which evaluates the disaster response to the Haiti earthquake in order to inform decision maker at the country and headquarters level. The study is commissioned by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) and is undertaken in cooperation with Groupe URD; Finally, we recently completed a new consulting project commissioned by UNICEF entitled, "Global Review of Cause-Related Marketing Alliances", which evaluated how UNICEF can best utilize cause-related marketing to fulfil its mission and create the best results for children.

We would also like to draw your attention to the publication of a new GPPi book entitled, "Global Energy Governance - The New Rules of the Game" which was published in January 2010.

Our newsletter appears three times a year to keep you informed about the institute, to post our newest publications, and to share interesting recent news on global public policy-making. In this edition’s "Global Issues in the News" section, we focus on nuclear energy and financial markets reform. For more information, please visit our homepage at www.gppi.net.

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Contents of this newsletter

1. News from the Institute

2. New and Active Projects

3. New Publications

4. Global Issues in the News

2. New and Active Projects


Uniting on Food Assistance
Promoting Evidence-Based Transatlantic Dialogue and Convergence

Humanitarian Assistance: Truly Universal?
Mutual respect and common interests as entry points for cooperation with non-Western humanitarian donors

Common Goals – Different Approaches?
Strengthening Transatlantic Cooperation on Global Energy Issues

Joint Stakeholders in Global Energy Governance? Prospects for joint global problem-solving between the EU and China
The common dependency on energy, shared by societies around the world, entails policy challenges of global nature and scope..

Learning to Build the Rule of Law?
The Evolution of Police and Judicial Reform in EU Peace Operations

Changing Rules of the Game
Global Energy Governance in the 21st Century

Learning to Build Peace?
The United Nations, Peace Operations and Organizational Learning

EU Foreign Policy Towards China
The Institutional Politics of Cooperation

Global Climate Governance and the Making of China's Climate Change Policy
Actors, Interests and Policy-formulation

The New Protectorates
International Administration and the Dilemmas of Governance

‘Brusselisation’ and the emergence of a strategic culture in the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP)
With the 10th anniversary of the British-French St. Malo summit in December 2008 it is time to take stock on how...


Inter-Agency Real-Time Evaluation of the disaster response to the Haiti Earthquake

Global Review of Cause-Related Marketing Alliances

Cluster Approach Evaluation Phase II

Networking United Nations Private Sector Focal Points


Global Governance 2020

Transatlantic Energy Security Dialogues

Global Atlanticists

3. New Publications

Susanna Krüger, Knut Bergmann (2010)

Kooperative Lernräume als Erfolgsfaktor - Instrumente der Wirkungsmessung in der strategischen Philanthropie

In "Venture Philanthropy in Theorie und Praxis," Philipp Hoelscher, Thomas Ebermann, Andreas Schlüter (eds.), Lucius & Lucius 2010

Timo Noetzel, Philipp Rotmann (2010)

NATO’s Political Will in Hard Times

Munich Security Conference Booklet Paper No. 6

Timo Noetzel, Philipp Rotmann (2010)

Engage or Lose: A New Grand Bargain on Afghan Strategy

Munich Security Conference Booklet Paper No. 5

Thorsten Benner, Michael Schmidmayr (2010)

Middle East Security: Toward a Decade of Progress?

Munich Security Conference Booklet Paper No. 4

Stephan Mergenthaler, Joel Sandhu (2010)

Reinvigorating the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime: Towards a new consensus

Munich Security Conference Booklet Paper No. 3

Thorsten Benner, Raphael Bossong (2010)

European Security: Moving Toward a Warmer Peace

Munich Security Conference Booklet Paper No. 2

Andreas Goldthau (2010)

Global Energy Security. The Challenges Ahead and how to Meet Them

Munich Security Conference Booklet Paper No. 1

Andreas Goldthau and Jan Martin Witte (2010)

From Energy Security to Global Energy Governance

Journal of Energy Security, 23 March 2010

Joel Sandhu (2010)

India and Pakistan Must Re-engage

The Statesman, 14 March 2010

Sebastian Litta, Philipp Rotmann (2010)

Wie Deutschlands Einfluss schwindet: Harvard und Amerika im post-europäischen Zeitalter

liberal, February 2010, pp. 44-47

Thorsten Benner and Ricardo Soares de Oliveira with Frederic Kalinke (2010)

The Good/Bad Nexus in Global Energy Governance

in "Global Energy Governance: The New Rules of the Game", Andreas Goldthau and Jan Martin Witte eds. January 2010, pp. 287-314

Andrea Binder (2010)

Fünf Lebenslügen über Haiti

Financial Times Deutschland, 20 January 2010

Joel Sandhu (2010)

India's Moment?

The Lisbon India Monitor, Edition Vol 2 (1), 12 January 2010

Wolfgang Reinicke (2010)

Gegen den Strich: Entwicklungspolitik

Internationale Politik, January/February 2010, 96-101

Andrea Binder (2009)

Improving the Implementation of Lessons Learned: Gender and Local Capacity in EU and U.S. Humanitarian Assistance

Humanitarian Assistance: Improving U.S.-European Cooperation

Kai Koddenbrock (2009)

Democratic Republic of Congo: European Commission and U.S. Approaches to Linking Relief, Rehabilitation, and Development

Humanitarian Assistance: Improving U.S.-European Cooperation

Kai Koddenbrock (2009)

The Will to Bridge? European Commission and U.S. Approaches to Linking Relief, Rehabilitation, and Development

Humanitarian Assistance: Improving U.S.-European Cooperation

Andrea Binder, Julia Steets and Kai Koddenbrock (2009)

Improving Humanitarian Assistance: A Transatlantic Agenda for Action

Humanitarian Aid on the move - Groupe URD Newsletters #4
(French version) (Spanish version)

Oliver Stuenkel (2009)

Relations with IMF: India and Brazil Must Let Go Of The Past

The Statesman, 18 December 2009

Raphael Bossong (2009)

A vacuum that needs to be filled

European Voice, 17 December 2009

4. Global Issues in the News

Topic 1

Nuclear Energy

1. Jump-starting nuclear energy
Patrick Moore, Los Angeles Times, 5 March 2010

Summary: This article hails the recent decision by the Obama administration to guarantee loans for two nuclear plants in the state of Georgia as much welcomed news in a time of volatile fuel prices and increasing concerns about climate change.

The piece argues that nuclear energy can play an important role on multiple fronts. As low carbon energy option nuclear energy supports global efforts in combating climate change while diversifying the U.S. energy portfolio and revitalizing the U.S. economy. It also addresses concerns related to nuclear energy and highlights opportunities offered by this energy source including low health risks associated to the nuclear industry, low carbon emissions, job creation, and long-term cost benefits.   

2. Nuclear projects face financial obstacles
Steven Mufson, The Washington Post, 2 March 2010

Summary: Fanned by fears of global warming and increasing calls for non-fossil fuel based energy, this article argues that while nuclear energy has gained increasing currency in Washington, it faces serious hurdles from the economic side of the equation.

Utilities companies, supported by legislators and regulators, uphold the importance of nuclear energy and argue that "paying the costs in advance significantly lowers the long-term financing costs." On the other hand, customers and ratepayers point to delays in construction and budget breaking costs associated with nuclear power plant facilities which leave much of the projects liabilities on customers.

3. Nuclear power – not a green option
By: Chip Ward, Los Angeles Times, 5 March 2010

Summary: This article challenges the case for nuclear energy and faults the nuclear industry for using the shrinking job market and concerns of global warming to further their case for promoting the nuclear energy option. It also highlights the lack of repositiry for nuclear waste and the threat this poses for generations to come.

The article also highlights a number of issues that directly challenge the assumption of nuclear energy as a clean and economic option. It concludes by supporting the Obama Administration's efforts for greener energy but offers alternative options for investing the money including renewable energy.

Topic 2

Financial Markets Reform

1. Reject ad hoc, national financial reforms
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Financial Times, 17 February 2010

Summary: While countries are pursuing prudent measure to ensure higher liquidity locally to withstand future shocks to the financial markets, this piece argues against countries adopting unilateral financial reforms to the detriment of the world economy.

The article points out that "a central lesson of this crisis is being forgotten: that co-ordination works better than unilateralism." The piece offers support to the policies under the Basel Committee and the Financial Stability Board which act to curtail what banks can do while providing liquidity beyond the realms of the formal banking system.

2. To battle Wall Street, Obama should channel Teddy Roosevelt
Simon Johnson and James Kwak, The Washington Post, 4 April 2010

Summary: This article argues for the Obama Administration to take stronger measures towards the financial sector with new specific regulations on changes in the way banks operate to prevent a repeat of this crisis. It calls for President Obama to be bold like former US President Theodore Roosevelt by taking on the financial firms with the same determination and vigour he did with the recent landmark U.S. health-care reform.

The piece goes on to support Obama’s decision to propose the "Volcker Rule" which would constrain risk-taking and the size of the largest U.S. banks. Finally, it urges Obama to seize this opportunity to make a powerful political message against the "too big to fail" mentality.

3. Heading Off the Next Financial Crisis
By: David Leonhardt, The New York Times, 22 March 2010

Summary: This article by David Leonhardt covers a lot of ground on the Obama Administration’s proposed financial re-regulation. Lead by U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, these regulations, seen as a public good, are aimed at reducing the odds of a future financial crisis. The article points out that the Obama plan would take three basic steps. First, regulators would receive more authority to monitor a wider scope of activities from mortgages to complex securities. Second, financial firms would be made to reduce the debt they take on and to hold more capital in reserve. Finally, if that cushion proves insufficient, the government would be allowed step in and to seize a collapsing financial firm as they did with more traditional banks.

While there is no guarantee that the Obama plan will work, the article suggests that the crisis has made Wall Street much more conservative. Yet, Leonhardt warns that left to their own devices, financial firms will again take on big debts and big risks given the high incentives to do so. Finally, the article concludes by pointing out that the wealth generated by Wall Street has not exactly been shared with the rest of America. As a public good, re-regulation should "loosen Wall Street’s grip on the country’s resources, both financial and human, in hope that they might be put to more productive use."