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.


  • 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.

  • Dark clouds over free trade in G20

    von Claudia Schmucker
    First published by Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations, 4 April 2017

    President Trump’s “America First” rhetoric has eroded support for the commitments that leaders made at previous G20 summits regarding trade: rejecting protectionism and strengthening the multilateral trading system. What implications does this have for global trade? Will the more moderate voices in the administration get heard?

  • First They Came for the TPP

    President-elect Donald Trump has suggested alarming changes to American trade policy

    von Claudia Schmucker, Rachel Herp-Tausendfreund

    First They Came for the TPP

    It’s still too early to say which of American President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promises will actually become policy – but with TPP, TTIP, China, and NAFTA all in the cross hairs, significant change is almost certain. Here’s how a few scenarios on the future of trade might play out.


  • 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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