Study 22 October 2020

Risky Business: Rethinking Research Cooperation and Exchange with Non-Democracies

The assumption that research cooperation and dialogue with non-democracies will induce democratic change has not stood the test of time. Organizations in liberal democracies need to rethink how they engage and cooperate with their counterparts in authoritarian contexts.

The Global Futures Podcast

We discuss foreign policy, economics, war, peace, and how the world is changing with experts from across the globe as part of the Global Governance Futures — Robert Bosch Foundation Multilateral Dialogue Program. 

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Children – A Blind Spot of Peace and Security

Children dominate the visual representation of conflict in the media, but are rarely consulted in peacebuilding processes. The UN, local and international actors should give children a voice and meaningful ways to participate in conflict resolution.


Mercenaries in the Service of Authoritarian States

By using mercenaries and ostensibly private security services, China and Russia project power and protect their interests abroad without openly deploying their armed forces. However, in doing so, the two countries follow two very different paths.

By Julia Friedrich, Niklas Masuhr

Competitive Cooperation: How to Think About Strengthening Multilateralism

How should we (not) think about the crisis of multilateralism? A breakdown of the misguided narratives around multilateral action and how we should reframe the conversation.


New EU Asylum Rules: Even the Bare Minimum Will Require Radical Politics

There is no denying that the EU’s new pact” on migration and asylum is a watered-down compromise that does nothing to advance the European Union’s desire for freedom, security and justice. But in the current political climate, we need to also think about a bare minimum that could make reform worth the effort, and the political action needed for it to pass.

Working paper

An Agenda for Expanding Forecast-Based Action to Situations of Conflict

Forecast-based humanitarian action enables actors to start their work before a predicted disaster strikes. To save even more lives, anticipatory actions could be expanded to conflict situations. 

By Marie Wagner, Catalina Jaime

Europe and China’s ‘Virtual Summit’

The EU-China Summit was a key event for the China rethink happening across Europe. Here’s why 2020 will go down in history as the year the EU shed illusions about a comprehensive strategic partnership” with Beijing.