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Global Issues

The Global Issues Division examines the diverse thematic fields of global governance and the underlying conflict lines and actor constellations at the governmental, intergovernmental, and non-state level; the common point of reference are the preconditions, potentials and limits of rule-based and efficient global cooperation.

To Research Division

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