Rising Powers
& Global Governance

Call it multipolarity, non-polarity or just a messy world – one thing is clear: We are witnessing a geopolitical transition. Countries such as China, India, Indonesia and Brazil are on the rise. The country club of those with the power to make a difference in world affairs (for better or worse) is changing fast: less Western, fewer common interests, more normative diversity. Responding to this geopolitical transition while dealing more effectively with cross-border problems is a major challenge for global governance. Historically, the rise of new powers has almost always been accompanied by war. The “peaceful rise” of new powers would therefore be a major achievement. However, to avoid a major war will not be enough to enable international institutions to address global problems such as climate change or financial stability, and to find consensus on key norms such as sovereignty and the Responsibility to Protect. To make global cooperation work in a diverse and contested environment requires new levels of societal ties, political and cultural knowledge, and joint thinking, challenging the established and (re)emerging powers alike to move beyond their comfort zones.

GPPi seeks to make several contributions to this. Our dialogue projects build strategic communities among young professionals and policymakers in different key powers. We started numerous research partnerships among Western and non-Western scholars. In close collaboration with our partners, we seek to facilitate an exchange of different perspectives in the respective public policy debates.

Featured Publications


The Islamic State in South Asia: A Growing Threat

by Aryaman Bhatnagar, Joel Sandhu
Global Policy


Localists Should Fight to Protect Hong Kong’s Autonomy, Not Seek Independence

by Joel Sandhu
South China Morning Post


German Human Rights Policy in a Multipolar World

by Katrin Kinzelbach, Garima Mohan
Amnesty International Netherlands


Modernizing India’s Approach to Peacekeeping: The Case of South Sudan

by Garima Mohan
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Global Governance Futures

Beyond Strategic Planning: Global Governance Futures

by Johannes Gabriel, Joel Sandhu
Global Policy


Welcome Back, Argentina

by Todd Williamson
Berlin Policy Journal


Making R2P Work

by Sarah Brockmeier, Philipp Rotmann
Project Syndicate


Beyond the “Responsible Stakeholder” Illusion

by Thorsten Benner
Deutsche Welle