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.

Project report

The World in 2030: Exploring the Futures of Migration, Cities and the Global Order

The final working group reports of the GGF 2030 fellows draw up scenarios for the future(s) of global migration governance, the role of cities, and the shape of the global order ten years from now. 

By the GGF 2030 Fellows

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

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


Brazil: Breaking an Addiction to Bad Governance

FGV’s Matias Spektor speaks to Joel Sandhu about the political and economic situation in Bolsonaro’s Brazil.


Thorsten Benner


Garima Mohan

Non-Resident Fellow

Joel Sandhu

Project Manager

Johannes Gabriel

Non-Resident Fellow

Gerrit Kurtz

Non-Resident Fellow

Katrin Kinzelbach

Non-Resident Fellow

Philipp Rotmann

Associate Director

Sonya Sugrobova

Project Associate

Mirko Hohmann

Non-Resident Fellow

Oliver Stuenkel

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 Joel Sandhu.

Global Governance Futures

The Global Governance Futures – Robert Bosch Foundation Multilateral Dialogues (GGF) program brings together exceptional young professionals to look ahead to the year 2035 and think of ways to better address pressing global issues. Over the course of 2020 – 2021, during three dialogue sessions in three countries, the 27 GGF fellows will explore the futures of climate-related conflict, media and information, and the global politics of inequality. 

Learn more about the program