The massive build-up of Russian troops at the border with Ukraine since early December 2021 primarily serves to improve Moscow’s position in negotiations with the US and NATO on a new European security architecture. Specifically, it is about recognition of the limited sovereignty of Ukraine and other post-Soviet states, combined with a commitment to acceptance of spheres of influence in Europe.
The global order is constantly changing. These changes are driven by developments in the tech sector, as well as shifts in economic, political, military, and demographic power. The US is calling established systems into question. Non-western – and in some cases authoritarian – states are increasingly influencing regional and international structures.
International order and democracy is one of DGAP’s core themes. Through it, DGAP helps answer questions about how Germany and Europe can shape regional and international aspects of the evolving global order in the policy realm. We explore options in the areas of sustainability and climate, digitalization and technology, finance, and the regulation of outer space, as well as which policies will be most effective in strengthening democracy and human rights on a regional and international level.