Globalization and World Economy Program

Developments such as the latest financial and debt crisis and the ascension of new global economic powers underline the importance of economic issues in international relations.

The program’s focus is on changes to international economic and financial relations in the wake of the financial crisis. The program also concentrates on international trade policy and examines the likelihood of the successful completion of the WTO’s “Doha Development Agenda.” EU trade policy and transatlantic trade relations form another emphasis of the program.

The goal of the program is to promote exchange and the formation of a network at the crossroads of economics and politics, while also making scholarly expertise available. The research mostly takes place within DGAP study groups and is made available to the public through lectures, symposia, and publications.

Current Areas of Focus

  • Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
  • Governance questions of international economic and financial institutions (G7/G20, IMF)
  • European trade policy
  • The role of the WTO and the Doha Round
  • The economic impact and the international role of large emerging economies (BRIC states)
  • The transatlantic economic relationship

Please note: We do not offer internships in the Globalization and World Economy Program.


  • Making America Great Again versus Made in China

    The US Geo-Economic Rivalry with China

    von Claudia Schmucker, Stormy-Annika Mildner | Trade
    DGAPanalysis 2, 2019, 60 pp.

    Making America Great Again versus Made in China

    The trade conflict between the United States and China is a severe threat to the world economy. While the debate over the effectiveness of tariffs is at a steady boil in the United States, the EU is opposed to tariffs as a means for dealing with China. Although serious issues with China must be addressed – such as dumping and subsidization – tariffs will make the United States neither more competitive nor secure.

  • A Chance to Calm the Trade War

    G20 Summit in Argentina

    von Claudia Schmucker | Argentina, G8/G20
    DGAPviewpoint 21, 2018, 2 pp. First published in the Global Policy Journal (10/31/2018).

    A Chance to Calm the Trade War

    Ten years after the G20 held its first ever summit, the informal group is meeting for the first time in South America. But can the closely watched gathering calm tensions amid the escalating trade war?

  • Bye-Bye America, Konnichiwa Japan

    Chancellor Merkel: The leading defender against Trump’s mercantilist trade

    von Claudia Schmucker | Worldwide, Economy and Finance
    Handelsblatt Global, July 13, 2015 (posted with kind permission.)

    Bye-Bye America, Konnichiwa Japan

    Given Donald Trump's insistence on "America First," Germany and Europe must deepen other trading relationships, from Asia to Latin America and down under, write Axel Berger and Claudia Schmucker in Handelsblatt Global.


  • Global Governance in Transition

    Global Governance in Transition

    How can the G20 help overcome regional fragmentation?

    12/05/2016 | 18:00 - 20:00 | DGAP

  • Obama’s Next Steps

    Obama’s Next Steps

    DGAP experts analyze the election, the situation in the US, and its effects on the transatlantic relationship

    07/11/2012 | 08:30 - 10:00 | DGAP | United States of America, Elections

  • “We need a larger firewall”

    “We need a larger firewall”

    Christine Lagarde visits the DGAP to call for stronger growth, more integration, and increases to the euro bailout fund

    23/01/2012 | 12:30 - 14:00 | DGAP | IMF

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