Rising Powers
& Global Governance

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.

Featured Publications


Creating an Indian Bureaucracy for the 21st Century

by Thorsten Benner, Joel Sandhu, Sonya Sugrobova
Global Futures Podcast

Policy Paper

Engaging with the Indian Ocean

by Garima Mohan


Data Power Dynamics: Who Runs the World in 2027?

by Data Governance Working Group
GGF 2027


Pandemonium: Risk Factors for Future Pandemics

by Global Health Working Group
GGF 2027


Volatile Years: Transnational Terrorism in 2027

by Transnational Terrorism Working Group
GGF 2027


Closer to Brussels

by Constantino Xavier, Garima Mohan
The Hindu

Policy Paper

Managing Conflict, Building Peace: Opportunities for Developing the EU-India Strategic Partnership

by Philipp Rotmann, Garima Mohan
GPPi/Carnegie India


The Islamic State in South Asia: A Growing Threat

by Aryaman Bhatnagar, Joel Sandhu
Global Policy


Localists Should Fight to Protect Hong Kong’s Autonomy, Not Seek Independence

by Joel Sandhu
South China Morning Post


German Human Rights Policy in a Multipolar World

by Katrin Kinzelbach, Garima Mohan
Amnesty International Netherlands