International sef: Expert Workshop 2014

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New Alliances for Global Public Goods?
What emerging powers expect of Germany and the EU

09-10 September 2014 in Berlin

International relations have changed dramatically over the past years, with the result that we are currently facing deadlocks in some of the most important international negotiation processes. As the world’s most pressing problems continue to grow, it is of utmost importance to regain international capacity to act. Probably the most promising opportunity is provided through the consolidation of existing and the initiation of new coalitions amongst emerging and established middle powers.

In this year’s International sef: Expert Workshop “New Alliances for Global Public Goods? What emerging powers expect of Germany and the EU”, sef: in cooperation with Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research will therefore try to identify necessary preconditions as well as possible paths towards the building of new coalitions (or the consolidation of existing ones). In particular, we will turn our attention to coalitions between newly emerging middle powers and Germany as well as the European Union at large. Our main impetus is to identify what these powers expect from Germany and the EU as cooperating partners: How do they see their role in the initiation, installation and finally the operation of existing and new alliances? We will conclude the workshop with a final discussion round on how the recommendations coming out of it could be integrated in the future foreign policy strategies of Germany and the EU.


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