Global Issues

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The "Global Issues" research division focusses on globalisation, transnationalisation, and internationalisation trends. What are the risks and challenges of such trends? Which strategies could German and European policymakers pursue to deal with global challenges? To answer these central issues we analyse governmental, intergovernmental, and non-state actors as well as their interactions and their roles in global governance. Our researchers’ backgrounds include political science, economics, and international law, and our research agenda is as follows:


Climate and energy: climate change and security; unilateral, bilateral, and multilateral climate policy; decarbonisation of the economy; renewable energy; international energy policy; economic and geopolitical implications of resource distribution; energy security


Demography, migration, and integration: global and regional demographic trends; international migration and migration policies; refugee regimes and asylum policies; irregular migration; demography, development and security; European strategies for social integration and political participation of migrants


Economics and finance: future of the international trade regime; regional and bilateral trade policies; reform of national and international financial markets; monetary regionalism; linkages between trade and climate regimes


International law and United Nations: peace and security: challenges posed by armed conflicts; failing states and non-state actors; effectiveness, legitimacy, and reform of international regimes and institutions; the politics of international law


Political culture and security: concepts and actors of cultural identity formation; responses to islamisation and nationalism; handling cultural diversity in Europe


Sustainable development and global governance: reform of international environmental governance and sustainable development institutions; non-governmental initiatives for implementing the Millennium Development Goals

SWP Research Papers

Susanne Dröge
Addressing the Risks of Climate Change

What Role for the UN Security Council?

Anne Koch
On the Run in Their Own Country

Political and Institutional Challenges in the Context of Internal Displacement