With the African Union introducing its Agenda 2063, the union must analyze how this fits with its existing governance frameworks.
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With the African Union introducing its Agenda 2063, the union must analyze how this fits with its existing governance frameworks.
After the P5+1 reached a nuclear deal with Iran, Marcin Adrzej Piotrowski analyzes what the agreement can and cannot do.
Following the Iran deal, Riccardo Alcaro examines how this will change the relationship between the West and the Middle East.
The recent Iran nuclear deal has implications that go beyond just nuclear issues.
Years after the EU-CARIFORM Economic Partnership Agreement was signed in 2007, Evita Schmieg measures whether the agreement has met its ambitious goals.
The failure of recent talks between Pacific Rim officials on the Trans-Pacific Partnership reveals disagreements between TPP countries and within the United States itself.
As Internet governance continues to expand, it has become far more contentious.
At the fortieth anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act, CEPS reflects on the accomplishments of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and analyzes the prospects for renewing the act’s ten principles.
Leon Berkelmans reflects on why he does not lament the failure of the TPP talks.
As the Paris climate negotiations approach, policies must reduce global demand for fossil fuel and create more effective financial strategies.
South Africa served two terms as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, but its accomplishments did not receive proper recognition.
Russia’s recent diplomatic engagement with North Korea may give hope for resuming denuclearization talks between Pyongyang and the international community.
With cybercrime becoming increasingly prominent, NATO agreed at the Wales Summit to allow the invocation of Article 5 in the event of grave cyberattacks.
Following Turkey’s June elections, what impact will the rise of opposition parties have on Turkish-EU relations?
An Energy Union was adopted by the European Commission as a leading theme for the coming years. This report analyzes the views of entities influencing energy policy.
While global governance today faces great difficulty building consensus, BRICS countries are bolstering cooperating and making joint plans.
Cybercrime is becoming an increasingly prominent concern, yet the relatively low number of attacks suggests that the issue appears more pressing than it really is.
With regional energy policy initiatives listed as a priority for the EU and its 2030 Energy and Climate Framework, southeast Europe is an area to watch. This report targets seven elements that would make such initiatives successful.
Leading up to the Paris climate talks, Africa’s Group of Negotiators (AGN) is positioned to take the lead on climate finance.
As the EU and NATO face threats from Russia and Islamic extremits, bilateral approaches and lack of strategic convergence hinder the organizations’ crisis-management capabilities.
As the world moves beyond the Millennium Development Goals, SIIS analyzes the challenges that global economic governance has yet to address.
As the migrant crisis continues, the EU must address the deeper sources of migratory movements from tumultuous regions.
As the debate over Greece continues, this report reflects on the lessons to learn and not learn from the crisis.
The proposal of an African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crisis (ACIRC) of the African Union faces challenges, but also has considerable potential.
As the EU continues to evolve, its growing pains affect its foreign policy. This report argues that lack of consensus is especially pertinent in attempts to develop an EU policy approach to the Israel-Palestine issue.
Leading up to the Paris climate negotiations, the EU’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) are submitted, but still need work.
With new foreign policy and security challenges, the EU’s European Security Strategy must adapt to the current environment, be realistic, and re-imagine its bilateral relations with the United States.
As the crisis in Ukraine continues, Europe must rethink its defense capabilities. Here, one expert for greater conventional capabilities, while the other advocates for a multilateral strategy of binding militaries together.
When examining the current state of international law, CIGI experts conclude that international trade and investment law is one of the most robust areas. However, significant governance gaps remain in addressing the environment and human rights.
In the fight against climate change, global economic stability and increasing low-carbon, climate-resilient investments are mutually reinforcing objectives.
The EU has already signed Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas (DCFTAs) with Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia, but are these complex agreements right for the Mediterranean’s Eastern Neighborhood Policy countries?
Contrary to expectations, the hierarchical structure of Western power has consolidated since the end of the Cold War, with the United States at the center and European countries revolving around it, part genuinely, part fatalistically, as followers.
Concerns remain in the developing world about whether the ICANN/IANA transition will create a truly plural process. Three challenges 'multistakeholderism' must address from the perspective of the developing world are access, equity and sovereignty.
In addressing security matters in the Northeast Asian region, the role of South Korea's middle power diplomacy as a networking power is crucial in defining the nature of the North Korea problem.
Southeast Asian states interested in acquiring nuclear energy may take lessons from the cumulative experience of 31 nuclear-powered states gained over the past 60 years, including evolving international frameworks on safety regulation, human resources.
An 'India exception' in global climate talks is the only realistic pathway to a global climate deal, which could also be a key tool in cementing stronger ties between India and the US, two critical actors in the evolving international order.
South Korea's strategy to create a "Global FTA hub" has entered a new phase due to tensions between China and the United States. Over-securitizing the trade architecture must be resolved, so a multilateral trade order in East Asia can develop.
The latest Chatham House–YouGov survey suggests that while there is little consensus among the British public on major foreign policy issues, there is support for the UK to pursue an ambitious international agenda.
The EU and the United States should improve their dialogue on Asia to better understand their own interests and priorities, identify areas for cooperation, and manage competition.
The U.S. Department of State's paper on China's maritime claims in the South China Sea was published on December 5, 2014, has confused China's "dash-line" claim.
This briefing provides an overview of how international law treats situations of statelessness, both in guarding against statelessness and in protecting the rights of stateless persons.
A key aspect of the NATO summit in Newport (Wales) was the reaction of the alliance to Russia's annexation of Crimea and destabilization of Eastern Ukraine. However, there was not enough focus on long-term prospects for NATO's relationship with Russia.
The G20 convened in Brisbane on 15-16 November 2014 for yet another summit. In the aftermath of the recent global financial crisis, this paper considers whether the G20 still has relevance.
During July and August this year, The Genron NPO and China Daily conducted joint opinion polls targeting the citizens of Japan and China. This is the 10th annual opinion poll; these polls have been jointly conducted since 2005.
This paper explores the question of whether there is a Russian ‘grand strategy’, with a focus on strategy as the creation of power, and examines the link between Russian leadership’s consistent but increasingly obvious commitment to strategic planning.
A hectic week of high-level diplomacy in Beijing saw China asserting its weight and snatching the region’s economic leadership from traditional leader, the United States. The implications were not missed as ASEAN leaders met soon after in Myanmar.
While the policy of easy money known as quantitative easing (QE) has saved the US financial sector from collapse, it has also been criticised for causing various problems. Yet QE could worsen the worrisome global trend of increasing income inequality.
The geopolitical imponderables in the Gulf region and the associated supply risks offer good grounds to push on with the German energy transition. At the same time the new energy map demands more international cooperation, including with the Gulf states.
Oliver Stuenkel considers why Brazil and other BRIC countries abstanied from criticizing Russia in the wake of the annexation of Crimea.
Under President Obama, the United States has been a leader in tackling climate change and recent measures taken by the U.S. administration are highly pertinent in the run-up to a new UN climate agreement in 2015, argues Susanne Dröge and Sonja Thielges.
Evita Schmieg argues that Free trade agreements should be designed to ensure that positive effects are felt quickly and should include provisions for dealing with negative effects, citing the EU Economic Partnership Agreement with Cariforum as a model.
With the United States and China locking each other out of the economic architecture that they have helped to design, Pradumna Rana argues the case for a New Bretton Woods has strengthened.
Vivan Sharan and Rei Tang argue that seeking a uniform response to climate change will hinder universal action.
This paper examines the African Union’s response to dealing with crisis situations, considers how this continental approach is reflected in positions taken by RECs, and how national interests impact ability of the RECs to address instability and security.
The successful conclusion of long-dormant negotiations between Indonesia and the Philippines over maritime boundaries holds key lessons for claimant states of disputed waters in the South China Sea.
China’s international climate change involvement depends on three things: momentum from the United States, international commitment to addressing the interests of developing countries, and readiness of the EU to push important issues internationally
There is an important role for NATO to play in the Ukraine crisis, not least to help the country guard its territorial integrity and political sovereignty, argues Markus Kaim.
It is in South Africa’s interest to promote a U.S.–EU harmonisation between the AGOA extension and the EPAs, argues Francis Kornegay.
Romy Chevallier analyses mechanisms to help decision makers understand the extent to which ecosystem services contribute to the well-being of their constituents and their countries’ envisaged economic development.
This briefing argues that important insights emerging from ground-level research by African institutions should play a greater role in shaping the new African-inspired resource governance frameworks.
Dr. James Reilly argues in this paper that "fears of China's economic coercion should not be overdrawn."
The paper outlines a proposal for a nonstatutory, non-profit, membership-based Sovereign Debt Forum that would provide an independent standing body to research and preserve institutional memory on best practice in sovereign debt restructuring.
This paper presents the findings of the project in respect of the G-20’s financial regulation and financial development agenda, and its relevance for, responsiveness to, and impact on, Africa.
Robert Beckman and Clive Schofield discuss Professor Raul Pedrozo’s critique of proposals for China to bring its maritime claims into conformity with international law and UNCLOS, which he sees as “problematic” and “counterproductive.”
If not addressed and managed, a divisive debate on the control and management of the digital global commons, could not only undermine the huge gains that have accrued from interconnectedness, but might become a basis for conflict, says expert Samir Saran.
Rohan Gunaratna, head of RSIS's Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research discusses how, after the 2014 withdrawal from Afghanistan, "the Taliban-led terrorist sanctuary is likely to be revived to threaten stability and security worldwide."
Sook-Jong Lee, the president of the East Asia Institute, discusses the North East Asia Peace and Cooperation Initiative.
Barry Desker, dean of RSIS, discusses how "Southeast Asian states are moving to push ahead with nuclear power plants in an about-turn from the focus on safety risk in the search for energy security."
Nikita Maslennikov from the Institute of Contemporary Development (INSOR) considers the emerging risks challenging global governance mechanisms in the 21st century.
As the UN closes in on adopting the Sustainable Development Goals, states must reconfigure the architecture of global health governance.
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