International Order in Crisis
Faced with multiple global challenges such as climate change, pandemics, irregular migration, financial instability and emerging disruptive technologies, the liberal international order’s existing institutions increasingly appear outmoded, inefficient, and at times, dysfunctional. Moreover, the established institutional arrangements are contested by a diverse array of actors, from great powers to transnational insurgents and right-wing populists. The cluster will facilitate an interdisciplinary dialogue on the possible futures of rules-based order, asking what role can the liberal international order play in global governance and what other forms of orders might be in the making?
The current times of transformation generate challenges through several change processes such as tech-nological change, political change, demographic change, shifting power patterns and shifts in production patterns. All the many forms of change are themselves complex and interconnected, which produce com-pounding complexity and deep uncertainty. Their impacts reach into all spheres of life from the individual human being, to local, national and global politics with the potential of changing established values, norms, rules and decision-making procedures – including democratic values and practices. The cluster will facilitate dialogue and inter-disciplinary research on the diverse social, cultural, and political outcomes of a world in transition.
Each of the many global challenges facing the rules-based order constitute a complex issue area that needs to be understood if we are to understand how the challenge can be governed, and how negative impacts can be anticipated and mitigated. The cluster welcomes researchers whose expertise is focused on particular challenges within a range of governance domains such as climate change, security, health, economics, development, trade, journalism and democracy. The cluster facilitates engagement with the technical, institutional and practical dimensions of policy challenges asking how they may best be governed within existing or new governance structures.
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals address many of the global challenges to rules-based order. The SDGs move the agenda for a rules-based order beyond merely growth to a broader sense of public policies and indicators for welfare, social well-being and sustainable development indicators on how dif-ferent growth models affect these indicators. For example, related to EU greening effort and implications for policies such as trade, FDI, and food and agriculture sustainable agreements for cooperative govern-ance must be rooted in a rules-based order. The cluster will seek to “connect the dots” between the many challenges to rules-based order to seek out solutions that contribute to the goals expressed in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The cluster examines and addresses several research questions and projects of relevance to society. On this page, you can learn more about ongoing and future activities. We welcome all researchers and other actors with an interest in global challenges to rules-based order to join our cluster. Please contact the steering committee if you are interested.Contact us