International Order & Democracy

The global order is constantly changing. These changes are driven by developments in the tech sector, as well as shifts in economic, political, military, and demographic power. The US is calling established systems into question. Non-western – and in some cases authoritarian – states are increasingly influencing regional and international structures.

International order and democracy is one of DGAP’s core themes. Through it, DGAP helps answer questions about how Germany and Europe can shape regional and international aspects of the evolving global order in the policy realm. We explore options in the areas of sustainability and climate, digitalization and technology, finance, and the regulation of outer space, as well as which policies will be most effective in strengthening democracy and human rights on a regional and international level.

Recent publications

Biden’s Diplomacy of Benign Neglect

By not rushing to call his counterparts in Poland and Ukraine, US President Joe Biden is signaling to democratic forces in both countries that they must first stand on their own two feet. The strategy already seems to be working in Ukraine, and it may eventually bear fruit in populist-ruled Poland, too.


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