Global Order

We are in the midst of a geopolitical transition. States shaping the global order today are less Western, have fewer common interests, and are more normatively diverse. The result is often competition and contestation. This plays out in both established international institutions, emerging strategic spaces such as the Indo-Pacific, and new institutional ventures like the Belt and Road Initiative. Our research seeks to better understand these developments. And our dialogue projects provide a platform for policymakers and young professionals to debate differences, expand their political and cultural knowledge, and explore opportunities for cooperation on transnational challenges.


Authoritarian Advance: Responding to China’s Growing Political Influence in Europe

By Thorsten Benner, Jan Gaspers, Mareike Ohlberg, Lucrezia Poggetti, Kristin Shi-Kupfer
Policy brief

Engaging with the Indian Ocean

Germany is rediscovering the economic and strategic importance of the Indian Ocean – its primary gateway to the Asia-Pacific markets.

Policy brief

Europe’s Response to the Belt and Road Initiative

As the initial enthusiasm subsides, European policymakers are increasingly wary of the Belt and Road Initiative. How will Europe respond?

Journal article

An Analysis of China’s Statements on Human Rights at the UN

By contesting the implications of human rights norms rather than the norms themselves, China facilitates their gradual erosion.


Thorsten Benner


Katrin Kinzelbach

Associate Director

Philipp Rotmann

Associate Director

Sonya Sugrobova

Project Associate

Mirko Hohmann

Non-Resident Fellow

Oliver Stuenkel

Non-Resident Fellow

Thomas Hanley

Research Assistant

Garima Mohan

Research Fellow

Joel Sandhu

Project Manager

Johannes Gabriel

Non-Resident Fellow

Gerrit Kurtz

Non-Resident Fellow

Funding & Contact

Our research projects are funded by the Mercator Foundation, the German Federal Foreign Office, the EU Commission’s Foreign Policy Instrument, and the EU Delegation to India. Our work on Global Governance Futures – Robert Bosch Foundation Multilateral Dialogues is supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. For past dialogue and research projects, we have received funding from the Mercator Foundation, the Open Society Foundation and the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

For more information, please contact Garima Mohan or Joel Sandhu.

Global Governance Futures

The Global Governance Futures – Robert Bosch Foundation Multilateral Dialogues (GGF) program brings together exceptional young professionals to look ahead 10 years and think of ways to better address global challenges. Over the course of 2018-2019, during four dialogue sessions in five countries, the 27 GGF fellows will look ahead to the year 2030 and consider the futures of global order, global migration and refugee challenge, and of the role of cities in global governance.

Learn more about the program