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

06 April 2011

GG2020 fellows present vision for global climate governance at Hertie School

On 11 April 2011 at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, representatives of the GG2020 working group on climate governance... more

04 April 2011

GPPi fellow publishes analysis on Brazil under President Dilma

GPPi Fellow Oliver Stuenkel has written a new article published 31 March 2011 for the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. In his analysis,... more

01 April 2011

GPPi publishes op-ed on German abstention in Security Council decision on Libya

GPPi Associate Director Thorsten Benner has published an op-ed on the decision of the German government to abstain from voting on... more

25 March 2011

UN commissions GPPi to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation framework of the UN Somalia Assistance Strategy

The United Nations Development Programme has asked GPPi to support its monitoring and evaluation of the UN assistance strategy... more

24 March 2011

GPPi experts testify at German Bundestag hearing on food aid

On 23 March, during a hearing in front of the German Bundestag’s Committee on Economic Cooperation and Development, GPPi... more

11 March 2011

GPPi and Cornell host conference on humanitarian food assistance

From 10-11 March 2011, GPPi and Cornell University held the fifth Transatlantic Dialogue on Humanitarian Action in the... more

10 March 2011

GPPi releases new paper on Saudi Arabia as a humanitarian donor

As part of the project Humanitarian Assistance – Truly Universal?, GPPi published in March a research paper that seeks to... more

10 March 2011

GPPi publishes paper on India’s involvement in humanitarian aid

In March 2011 GPPi published a research paper that aims to provide a better understanding of the norms and foreign policy... more

07 March 2011

GPPi releases recommendations for reforming the Food Aid Convention

In March 2011 GPPi published a policy brief that provides recommendations for modernizing the Food Aid Convention to support... more

07 March 2011

GPPi discusses US nuclear doctrine at seminar in New Delhi

From 23-27 February, GPPi Research Associate Joel Sandhu participated in a weeklong seminar on nuclear security in New Delhi... more

25 February 2011

GPPi fellow discusses the future of energy in Europe at King’s College

During an event organized by King’s College London on 10 February 2011, GPPi fellow Andreas Goldthau participated in a panel... more

22 February 2011

GPPi publishes a new study on international cooperation in China’s wind energy sector

In February 2011 GPPi published a policy paper titled Catching a Second Wind – Changing the Logic of International Cooperation in... more

08 February 2011

GPPi welcomes Thyssen Fellow Katrin Kinzelbach

In February, Thyssen Fellow Katrin Kinzelbach joined GPPi to support the institute’s Rising Powers and Global Governance program.... more

25 January 2011

GG2020 fellows meet in Washington DC for final session

From 16-20 January 2011, GPPi and its project partners co-organized the third and final session of the Global Governance 2020... more

24 January 2011

GPPi and GIZ host discussion with Anne-Marie Slaughter on US strategy for diplomacy and development

On 22 January 2011, Anne-Marie Slaughter, the director of policy planning at the US Department of State, presented at an event... more

24 January 2011

GG2020 fellows present vision for the future of global climate governance at Brookings

On Wednesday 19 January 2011, the GG2020 working group on climate governance presented their report titled Beyond a Global Deal –... more

22 December 2010

Financial Times Deutschland publishes GPPi op-ed on German UN policy

GPPi Associate Director Thorsten Benner has written an op-ed about German UN policy in light of Germany’s assuming a two-year... more

21 December 2010

GPPi works with UN on newsletter about private-sector coordination

GPPi has provided and coordinated content for the 14th issue of the UN-Business Focal Point newsletter, published by the United... more

No. 19 - April 2011

Global Public Policy Institute Newsletter


Welcome to the April 2011 issue of the Global Public Policy Institute newsletter.

We would like to draw your attention to five new GPPi publications. The first is a policy brief on how to reform the outdated Food Aid Convention that is part of our joint project with Cornell University. The second publication is a report titled Catching a Second Wind – Changing the Logic of International Cooperation in China’s Wind Energy Sector. The third and fourth publications are part of the Truly Universal research project, aimed at developing a deeper understanding of the norms, interests, policies and operational procedures shaping the humanitarian aid of selected non-Western donor countries. One paper focuses on India, the other on Saudi Arabia. The final publication is the first Global Governance 2020 report: Beyond a Global Deal – A UN+ Approach to Climate Governance. Some of the GG2020 fellows will present this report on 11 April 2011 at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

We are also pleased to announce two new projects. The first is titled Evaluation of the UN Somalia Assistance Strategy. The UN has asked GPPi to support the monitoring and evaluation of its Somalia assistance strategy, which focuses on social services, poverty reduction as well as good governance and human security. The second project is a research project that analyzes China’s position on human rights in the UN. It asks, as China rises, what will be the consequences for the international order with respect to human rights?

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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


Sino-African Energy Relations

China as a Catalyst for Renewable Energy Development in Africa?

Human Rights and Global Governance: Will China’s Rise Lead to a New Normative Order?
As China rises, what will be the consequences for the international order with respect to human rights? This research project analyzes China’s position on human rights in the UN.

Origins of Strategy for Justice and Security Sector Reform in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Justice and security sector reform strategies of Germany, the United States, NATO and the EU with regard to Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2002-2010

OPEC at 50
The role of producer cooperation in global energy governance

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

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


Evaluation of the UN Somalia Assistance Strategy

The Role of Transition Funds in Bridging Relief and Development

Transatlantic Cooperation in the GIZ

Networking United Nations Private Sector Focal Points


Global Governance 2020

Transatlantic Energy Governance Dialogues

Global Atlanticists

3. New publications

Bruce Au, Björn Conrad, Liangchun Deng, Thomas Hale, Tobias Leipprand, André Lieber, Scott Moore, Jin Wang (2011)

Khalid Al-Yahya, Nathalie Fustier (2011)

Saudi Arabia as a Humanitarian Donor: High Potential, Little Institutionalization

GPPi research paper no. 14 (available in English and Arabic)

Claudia Meier, C.S.R. Murthy (2011)

Alexander Gaus, Julia Steets, Andrea Binder, Christopher B. Barrett, Erin C. Lentz (2011)

Björn Conrad and Mirjam Meissner (2011)

Miriam Schröder (2011)

4. Global issues in the news

Topic 1

Nuclear power in Japan

Nuclear Power Is Worth the Risk
By James M. Acton, Foreign Policy, 14 March 14 2011
Despite the crisis at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, the case for nuclear power remains strong. All forms of energy generation carry risks. As we have seen in Japan, we have not eliminated all the dangers associated with nuclear power, even though accidents are few and far between. Good public policy involves balancing these risks.

From Hiroshima to Fukushima
By Jonathan Schell, The Nation, 15 March 15 2011
The problem is not that another backup generator is needed, or that the safety rules are not tight enough, or that the pit for the nuclear waste is in the wrong geological location, or that controls on proliferation are lax. It is that a stumbling, imperfect, probably imperfectable creature like ourselves is unfit to wield the stellar fire released by the split or fused atom.

Japan’s Nuclear Morality Tale
By Brahma Chellaney, JoongAng Daily, 17 March 2011
Brahma Chellaney argues that the central dilemma of nuclear power in an increasingly water-stressed world is that it is highly water dependent.

Topic 2


Securing a Political Resolution to the Libyan Crisis

By Richard Gowan, European Council on Foreign Relations, 4 April 11
Gowan discusses the possibility of a negotiated settlement in the Libyan civil war and how international peacekeepers may be required to make any deal work.

The Battle for Libya
By Nicolas Pelham, The New York Review of Books, April 7, 2011
Pelham details the mission in Libya to date and discusses the prospect of stability in the future.

The Key Is Not in Libya
By Ray Takeyh, The New York Times, 29 March 2011
It is the events in the heart of the Arab world and not the disposition of Muammar el-Qaddafi’s distant penal colony that will determine the future of the Middle East for generations to come. The challenge for Washington is how to sustain the momentum of the Arab Spring while dealing with the Libyan imbroglio.