21st Century World Politics and Europe
The contemporary international system is characterised by a number of shifts and shocks that profoundly affect Europe and its future evolution. The rise of China and the other newly emerging economies have opened markets for Europe but also increased global competition. Globalisation has increased pressures on all parts of the world; the stability of the Transatlantic relationship has recently been put into question and made Europeans aware of the rapid changes in global politics.
The future prosperity and stability of the EU will be determined in part by its ability to act in concert, to be strategic, to influence its neighbourhood and to shape the pattern and substance of global governance.
The Global Governance Programme established in 2009 addresses the major international and global issues confronting Europe. It consists of four research areas: Global Economics: Trade, Investment and Development, Europe in the World, GLOBALCIT, and Cultural Pluralism.
The Migration Policy Centre has a strong focus on migration into the EU, while the Middle East Directions Programme focuses on the 'big questions' of Europe's southern neighbourhood.
The project Borderlands, which ended in March 2017 entailed a profound rethinking of the complex relationship between Europe and the Middle East. Past projects also focused on cultural diversity and the role of religion in Europe, such as in the case of Accept Pluralism and ReligioWest.