International and multilateral cooperation in the context of global power shifts

In June, cooperation was a central issue for IDOS – not only in the national context, but also especially with a focus on the Global South.

Photo: Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Direktorin des IDOS

Anna-Katharina Hornidge, ©IDOS

The German government’s National Security Strategy, presented on 14 June and based on the concept of „integrated security“, refers to the cooperation of all relevant actors, resources and instruments that jointly guarantee Germany’s security. How such cooperation can succeed, even in politically difficult contexts, was one of the central questions for IDOS in June. A delegation from IDOS visited cooperation partners in China from 5 to 11 June. Here, Professor Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Dr Stephan Klingebiel, Dr Heiner Janus and Dr Niels Keijzer took part in a workshop with the College of International Development and Global Agriculture (CIDGA) of China Agricultural University and reflected on the future of international development cooperation with alumni of the Managing Global Governance (MGG) Academy.

The 6th Egon Bahr Symposium, organised by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Willy Brandt Circle and chaired by former Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, in which Anna-Katharina Hornidge participated on 20 June in Berlin as a speaker, also addressed the question of how international cooperation can be shaped in the context of the Ukraine war and contribute to reducing confrontational tensions. After a keynote speech by Dr Angela Kane, member of the board of the Dialogue Advisory Group and former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, a very lively discussion unfolded. The participants discussed the current and expected economic and peace policy consequences of the war for middle and lower income countries and the perspective of these countries on Europe’s current problems in an international panel moderated by Edelgard Bulmahn, former Minister and Vice President of the German Bundestag. What alliances and cooperation formats can emerge in this context and what constructive contribution can they, and especially the countries of the so-called Global South, make to ending the war?

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