• Research

    Five Lessons on International Rule of Law Support

    • Alina Mungiu-Pippidi
    • September 06, 2022

    The promotion of the rule of law across borders should be implemented based on clear and objective standards, and distinguished from state-building exercises.

    • Strategic Europe

    Europe Heads Into a Rocky Autumn

    Amid soaring energy prices, Russia’s continued war in Ukraine, and tensions over Taiwan, the EU will have no respite. The bloc mustn’t let internal crises distract from strategically dealing with external challenges.

    • Research

    Autocracy Versus Democracy After the Ukraine Invasion: Mapping a Middle Way

    Russia's invasion of Ukraine will sharpen the divide between democracies and autocracies, but also lead to more realpolitik strategic balancing. A key question is what kind of coordination emerges between democracies.

    • Multimedia

    The Blind Spots of the Green Energy Transition

    Decarbonization is key to delivering the energy transition, but it requires a massive increase in the mining and extraction of minerals like lithium, graphite, and cobalt. The countries that control these resources may be able to shape geopolitical power dynamics to their own advantage.

    • Research

    The Southern Mirror: Reflections on Europe From the Global South

    In this era of geopolitical competition, Europe believes it offers an approach based upon multilateralism and international solidarity. To convince others of this viable alternative, Europe must better understand perceptions in the Global South and improve its own international standing.

    • Commentary

    Exploring Worldwide Democratic Innovations

    • Richard Youngs, Ken Godfrey
    • June 17, 2022
    • European Partnership for Democracy

    Innovative forms of deliberative and participatory democracy from outside the West can inspire reform in European states.

    • Commentary

    Ukraine War Highlights Europe’s Failure to Reassure ASEAN

    ASEAN countries’ responses to the war in Ukraine have not been cohesive, largely due to the perceived selectiveness of the EU’s refugee policy. This disconnect is resulting in a breakdown of trust in the EU-ASEAN relationship, a partnership that is necessary in order to revive multilateralism.

    • Research

    Coronavirus and the Widening Global North-South Gap

    The EU’s inward-looking response to the coronavirus pandemic has dented the bloc’s credibility in the eyes of the Global South. To rebuild trust, the EU must renew its efforts in building more equal partnerships.

    • Multimedia

    The Age of The Strongman Leader

    A trend in twenty-first century politics is the rise of populist and authoritarian leaders, including in so-called democratic countries. From reassurance to intimidation, the world's strongmen share many characteristics and tactics.

    • Research

    Rewiring Globalization

    Dissatisfaction with globalization has turned into a powerful force, with unchecked globalism increasingly seen as a threat to the integrity of democratic rule. Policymakers must reframe globalization to mitigate its negative consequences while keeping its core growth-enhancing dynamics intact.

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