Multilateralism

Multilateralism and global institutions are under severe challenge. We investigate the causes and repercussions of these problems, provide theoretical and empirical analyses of different institutions, and contribute to policy and public debates on reform.


  • GIGA Talk | 01/12/2022

    Towards Closer Cooperation with South Korea in the Indo-Pacific

    The European Union and Germany are implementing strategies for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. How does South Korea fit into the picture? In this GIGA Talk, we will present and discuss findings from a collaborative, policy-oriented research project examining the potential scope for closer cooperation therewith.

    GIGA Focus Latin America | 5/2022

    Back from the Depths: Brazil, the World and the EU after Lula’s Electoral Victory

    The Lula government will realign Brazil with its multilateral diplomatic traditions and be more in sync with EU foreign policy. But the country will face considerably more political and economic challenges vis-à-vis Lula’s first term in office.

    ARD Tagesthemen | Interview | 13/10/2022

    Tagesthemen vom 13. Oktober 2022

    GIGA-Wissenschaftler Dr. Johannes Plagemann diskutiert das Abstimmungsverhalten der Staaten des globalen Südens zum Krieg in der Ukraine in den Vereinten Nationen.

    Dr. Johannes Plagemann

    Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    GIGA Focus Global | 4/2022

    Ad Hoc Coalitions in a Changing Global Order

    Ad hoc coalitions are increasingly visible, highly specialised crisis-response tools that operate outside of established international organisations. What motivates countries to set up ad hoc coalitions, and are they only complementary? These and other questions inform this GIGA Focus.

    Prof. Dr. Malte Brosig

    Visiting Fellow

    International Affairs | Oxford University Press | 09/2022

    International relations: the ‘how not to’ guide

    The International Affairs centenary special issue, edited by GIGA President Prof. Narlikar and Prof. Drezner, is a ‘how not to’ guide for international relations. It brings together 14 experts examining historic failures and how policy practitioners and researchers can get it right together.

    Prof. Dr. Daniel W. Drezner

    International Affairs | 09/2022

    International relations: the ‘how not to’ guide – Introduction to the International Affairs centenary special issue

    In this introductory article, GIGA President Prof. Narlikar and Prof. Drezner, guest editors of the International Affairs centenary special issue, outline this ‘how not to’ guide. They explore a Hippocratic oath for international affairs and suggest going beyond this minimum ‘do no harm’ requirement.

    Prof. Dr. Daniel W. Drezner

    International Affairs | 09/2022

    How not to negotiate: the case of trade multilateralism

    The WTO has become an almost perfect example of how not to negotiate. In this article, GIGA President Prof. Narlikar identifies three broad categories of bargaining failures and explores the impact of narratives on the course of events, giving us a clear list of dos and don’ts for international negotiation.

    Cooperation Event | 21/09/2022

    How NOT to Do Foreign Policy

    For the launch of the International Affairs Centenary special issue “International relations: the ‘how not to’ guide”, Chatham House invites for a discussion with Prof. Drezner, Prof. Narlikar, and Prof. Rosoux on how policymakers and researchers can learn from the worst pitfalls. Video is online.


    GIGA Focus Latin America | 5/2022

    Back from the Depths: Brazil, the World and the EU after Lula’s Electoral Victory

    The Lula government will realign Brazil with its multilateral diplomatic traditions and be more in sync with EU foreign policy. But the country will face considerably more political and economic challenges vis-à-vis Lula’s first term in office.

    GIGA Focus Global | 4/2022

    Ad Hoc Coalitions in a Changing Global Order

    Ad hoc coalitions are increasingly visible, highly specialised crisis-response tools that operate outside of established international organisations. What motivates countries to set up ad hoc coalitions, and are they only complementary? These and other questions inform this GIGA Focus.

    Prof. Dr. Malte Brosig

    Visiting Fellow

    The National Interest | 09/2022

    What the West Gets Wrong About the SCO

    While Exaggerated Analyses of the Geopolitical Bonding in the SCO Abound, Little is Being Said About its Members’ Geoeconomic Projects.

    Review of International Organizations | 09/2022

    Measuring Precision Precisely: A Dictionary-Based Measure of Imprecision

    What to learn more about the precision of international agreements? This publication offers a robust empirical measure of this central International Relations concept. We show that the mandates of international organizations can be very vague, opening room for interpretation and manipulation.

    Dr. Markus Gastinger

    Dr. Henning Schmidtke

    Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    Policy Paper | 09/2022

    German Feminist Foreign Policy: An Inside-Outside Perspective

    In this article, GIGA President Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar discusses German feminist foreign policy from an intersectional and inclusive perspective. This article is translated into Hindi.

    Cooperation Event | 27/04/2022

    Regional Conference on Asian Scripts

    GIGA President Prof. Amrita Narlikar contributed to the event as moderator and speaker. As a follow-up to the SCRIPTS conference in February, Prof. Narlikar shared her analyses on the liberal script in Asia, also in light of current developments, the Russian aggression, and Europe’s relation to the Indo-Pacific region, with a high-level panel of foreign policy practitioners and scholars.

    GIGA Event | 24/02/2022

    Indo-German 1.5 Track Dialogue

    The Indo-German 1.5 Track Dialogue was launched in the context of the intergovernmental consultations in Delhi in 2019. The exchange of think-tanks and diplomats is envisioned to become a pillar of the bilateral relations between both countries. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Indo-German 1.5 Track Dialogue will have to take place as a digital format.

    GIGA Forum | 26/01/2022

    Has America Come Back? President Biden’s Foreign Policy towards the Global South

    With the election of President Joe Biden, the world hoped for the United States’ return to diplomacy, multilateralism, and to a values-based foreign policy. In this GIGA Forum, experts examine US foreign policy in the first year of the Biden administration vis-à-vis Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Video of event now online.

    ARD Tagesthemen | Interview | 13/10/2022

    Tagesthemen vom 13. Oktober 2022

    GIGA-Wissenschaftler Dr. Johannes Plagemann diskutiert das Abstimmungsverhalten der Staaten des globalen Südens zum Krieg in der Ukraine in den Vereinten Nationen.

    Dr. Johannes Plagemann

    Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    Leibniz Magazin | Interview | 20/07/2022

    Wir brauchen eine neue Form der Globalisierung

    How are the Coronavirus pandemic and the Russian attack on Ukraine changing international relations? GIGA President Prof. Amrita Narlikar shares her expertise on a shifting world order and the role that academia may play in an interview with Leibniz Magazine.

    CNBC | Quote | 18/07/2022

    ‘Unprecedented urgency’ may have pushed India and the EU to revive trade talks after 9 years

    GIGA President Professor Amrita Narlikar has shared her expert analysis on the revival of India-EU trade talks in a recent news article for CNBC.

    23/08/2022

    Discursive Legitimation, and the Life Stages of International Organizations

    Henning Schmidke presents his paper "Discursive Legitimation, and the Life Stages of International Organizations” at the panel “Contestation Management in International Organizations" at the ECPR General Conference 2022.

    10/08/2022

    High Level Closed-Door Roundtable on India’s G20 Presidency: Opportunities for an Inclusive Agenda

    GIGA President Prof. Amrita Narlikar was invited to contribute to this closed-door discussion at Kubernein Initiative with other experts on foreign policy and gender to identify key opportunities and challenges for India, in setting the agenda for its upcoming G20 presidency including intersections for gender within the G20 framing.

    07/07/2022

    Same same but different? Die Zeitenwende im Praxistest

    The panel discussed the implications of a value-driven foreign and development policy after the "Zeitenwende" for German foreign and security policy-making. It highlighted the role of ambivalence and the importance of deliberation both within German foreign policy-making but also in relation to its partners in the global South.

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    Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar is President of the GIGA. Her research focuses on international negotiations, economic statecraft, and multilateralism. She has a special interest in India, Asia, and the BRICS.

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