Call it multipolarity, non-polarity, or just a messy world – one thing is clear: we are witnessing a geopolitical transition. Countries such as China, India, Indonesia, and Brazil are on the rise. The country club of those with the power to make a difference in world affairs (for better or worse) is changing fast: less Western, fewer common interests, more normative diversity. Responding to this geopolitical transition while dealing more effectively with cross-border problems is a major challenge for global governance. Historically, the rise of new powers has almost always been accompanied by war. The “peaceful rise” of new powers would therefore be a major achievement. However, to avoid a major war will not be enough to enable international institutions to address global problems such as climate change or financial stability, and to find consensus on key norms such as sovereignty and the Responsibility to Protect. To make global cooperation work in a diverse and contested environment requires new levels of societal ties, political and cultural knowledge, and joint thinking, challenging the established and (re)emerging powers alike to move beyond their comfort zones.
GPPi seeks to make several contributions to this. Our dialogue projects build strategic communities among young professionals and policymakers in different key powers. We started numerous research partnerships among Western and non-Western scholars. In close collaboration with our partners, we seek to facilitate an exchange of different perspectives in the respective public policy debates.
Building Strategic Communities Across the Globe
We build strategic communities among the next generation of decision-makers from the West and rising powers. Our participants engage with different perspectives, learn about diverse historical narratives and interests and collaborate on concrete projects addressing key global challenges – be it data governance, global health or transnational terrorism. The Global Governance Futures (GGF) program is our flagship program. With support from the Robert Bosch Stiftung and eminent international partners, GGF brings together 25 young professionals from China, Germany, India, Japan and the US. Using a custom method drawn from scenario planning, the fellows meet four times over the course of one year in the respective capitals, challenging each other’s perspectives, working across divides and producing joint scenario reports on specific global challenges. After three rounds of the program, the GGF alumni community continues to thrive on mutual trust and support.
Joint Research on Co-Shaping Global Order
We believe that the best research on how the US, Europe and rising powers co-shape global order requires scholars based in different corners of the globe working in closely together. To this end, GPPi has built strong long-term partnerships with researchers in Brazil, China, India and South Africa. We leverage these in our research projects. The Global Norm Evolution and the Responsibility to Protect project includes teams that pair European scholars with scholars from Brazil, China and India. Conducting research jointly, researchers question each other’s paradigms and methodologies. Similarly, our work on emerging donors in the humanitarian sphere pairs GPPi researchers with experts from India, Saudi-Arabia, Turkey and Brazil. We have also established a strong partnership with researchers in Brazil to conduct joint work on global internet politics.
by Transnational Terrorism Working Group
by Philipp Rotmann, Garima Mohan
by Aryaman Bhatnagar, Joel Sandhu
by Joel Sandhu
South China Morning Post