At this year’s Munich Security Conference, senior German politicians indicated that Germany would in future be assuming greater foreign-affairs responsibility within the global security set-up. What strategies lie behind this expectation? And how should this kind of positioning be interpreted in light of research on global cooperation?
Dirk Messner, Co-director of the Centre for Global Cooperation Research, opened a debate on these developments, and this was followed by contributions from three of the Centre’s visiting academics. As well as articulating concerns about unspoken ambitions, the authors suggest new ways of looking at foreign-policy responsibilities and propose the creation of a National Forum—a ‘round table’ made up of experts and civil-society actors from around the world—to review these developments.
Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research is looking for a research assistant (19h/week) for the Research Unit "The (Im)Possibility of Cooperation". This post is due to start on the 1st of May 2014. The main duties and responsibilities include providing support to the head of research unit as well as the preparation of publications and the organisation of academic events.
Embedded in the Ruhrtriennale Festival of Arts, the second Masterclass of the Centre will take place at the Unesco World Heritage site "Zeche Zollverein" in September 2014. Five scholars will discuss the topic of "Gifts of Cooperation" with doctoral students and postdocs: Alain Caillé (University of Paris-Nanterre, France), Frank Adloff (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany), Elena Pulcini (University of Florence, Italy), Anne Warfield Rawls (Bentley University, USA), and Ilana Silber (Bar Ilan University, Israel).
The Centre for Global Cooperation Research is included for the first time in the University of Pennsylvania’s annual 'Global Go To Think Tank Index', now in its seventh year of publication. Only two years after its launch, the Centre is ranked thirty-third amongst 80 organizations worldwide in the category ‘Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks’. In the ‘Think Tank To Watch’ category, a worldwide ranking of organizations regarded as having high potential, the Centre is one of four German institutions to figure in a list of 80.
Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research is an interdisciplinary research institute of the University of Duisburg-Essen. The Centre is the tenth and the last Käte Hamburger Kolleg supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany.
The Centre recognises global cooperation as the key to solutions for urgent transnational problems. We propose an interdisciplinary framework that reflects how cultural premises and dynamics of emerging global governance could translate into global cooperation. We encourage an exchange of knowledge both among our international research fellows, practitioners and with the interested general public.