Preface by
Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle


Editors' acknowledgments (pdf-download)



Global Governance Under Pressure:
Trends and Outlook

Global trends in the structures of governance – A new set of goals for global governance – Outlook: Global problem-solving against the backdrop of political and cultural differentiation
Tobias Debiel / Michèle Roth / Cornelia Ulbert

World Orders and Peace


Informalisation of World Politics?
Global Governance by Clubs

The informalisation of multilateral governance – The crisis of institutionalised multilateralism – Variants of informal global governance – Between informalisation and institutionalisation – Legitimacy and effectiveness of informal governance – Outlook and policy recommendations
Bernhard Rinke / Ulrich Schneckener

World Society and Development


Revolution 2.0?
The Role of Digital Media in Political Mobilisation and Protest

From "one-to-many" to "many-to-many"-the development of Web 2.0 and its political significance – Protest mobilisation and online communication in North Africa and the Middle East – The new media: between opportunities and risk
Jan Hanrath / Claus Leggewie

Global Sustainability and Crisis Prevention


Transforming the Global Energy System - Pathways Towards a
Sustainable Energy Supply

Rising CO2 emissions: the driving factors – Scenarios for the development of the global energy system – The atmosphere: a limiting factor – Options and costs of emissions reductions in the energy system – Economic governance challenges – Regional pioneers of a polycentric governance framework
Ottmar Edenhofer / Christian Flachsland


Food Security – A Global Challenge (pdf-download)

Resurgence of interest in rural development – Trend 1: Number of hungry people at highest level for decades and still rising – Trend 2: Rural areas: years of national and international neglect – Trend 3: From surplus to scarcity-evidence of a trend? – Trend 4: The new boom: investment in farming and agricultural commodities at a time of rising prices – Trend 5: Governance deficits at the national level-still a key factor – Trend 6: Weak global governance institutions in the food sector – Recommendations
Michael Windfuhr

Editors and Contributers


Sustaining Peace. Can a new approach change the UN? 


The world is facing enormous challenges in light of protracted crises and conflicts. The United Nations are looking for answers with the new ‘sustaining peace’ approach. What are the chances of the new approach to change the UN and create sustainable peace? The new Global Governance Spotlight written by Cedric de Coning offers a current overview.

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Strengthening Social Security in Africa


Numerous African countries have adopted measures to improve social protection in recent years. And a large number of relevant initiatives have been established at both regional and continental level. How successful are they and what are the challenges associated? What has to happen for initiatives to be effective on a broader scale? And what kind of support can the international community provide? We will discuss these questions with experts from politics, academia, business and civil society during this year’s Potsdam Spring Dialogues on 19/20 April 2018. Register now!

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Current challenges for democracies


In February 2018, the first Dresden Forum for International Politics took place. The new series is co-organised by the sef:, the Free State of Saxony, Engagement Global gGmbh and Foundation Frauenkirche Dresden. Around 80 experts from different world regions discussed current challenges for democracy. They focused on how to create and sustain peaceful societies in democracies. Read the conference report and further coverage online now!

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Cooperation in a Post-Western World


The Western liberal order finds itself in deep crisis. Global power shifts are accelerating. What does this mean for the future of global cooperation? How can the wish for more national autonomy be reconciled with the need to cooperate in a globalised world? Can new forms of governance contribute to sustaining global cooperation? Michèle Roth and Cornelia Ulbert discuss these questions in the first issue of the new publication series GLOBAL TRENDS. ANALYSIS.

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