Governance, in crisis

Crises can be indicative of the viability of an existing order. The COVID-19 crisis, too, has revealed many truths about the contemporary global order, which was already far from stable. It is becoming apparent that if we retain the same governance models that got us here today, the incidence and severity of future crises will outstrip our capacity to respond to them effectively. It is in this context that we need more critical reflection, across disciplinary boundaries and beyond existing paradigms, on the limits of existing governance systems to solve wicked problems and innovative ways to address future global challenges. How are existing governance systems responding to crisis, or are they themselves in crisis? Discover more below.



Life in the time of COVID: First reactions, future directions

By Adam Przeworski

This piece reflects on the various events brought on by coronavirus and speculates on their long-term consequences. It contemplates the state of our beliefs, liberalism, institutions, geopolitics, risk, and science in times of COVID-19.



Crises Reveal UN Shortcomings

By Stephen Browne

Is the UN really capable of finding timely solutions to global problems? The coronavirus pandemic and environmental crises are testing the operations of the UN system, and show there might be alternative (and better) solutions to global cooperation.



The politics of methods in the controversy over how to treat coronavirus

By Annabelle Littoz-Monnet & Juanita Uribe

The quest to find a COVID-19 treatment has incited a highly publicized debate related to longstanding questions about scientific methods and public health interventions. It calls for greater reflection on the assumptions and limitations of knowledge and its underlying political and social facets.


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What can evolution tell us about governance and the COVID-19 crisis?

By Velibor Jakovleski

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased speculation about what the future of the global order will look like. This piece attempts to makes sense of prevailing scenarios and showcases what evolutionary theory can contribute to our understanding of stability and change.



COVID-19 Exposes Gaps in Governance of Emerging Technologies

By Elisabeth Dubois

Understanding the growing trend and reliance on emerging digital technologies, and the need for their improved governance, will be critical in the response to COVID-19 and future crises.


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Democratizing international negotiations? Towards a virtual and inclusive negotiation for the world after COVID-19

By Jerome Bellion-Jourdan

This blog post explores the potential to launch a virtual and inclusive negotiation to lay the foundations for future formats of international negotiations after COVID-19, with the possible drafting of a “Shared Humanity Charter”. Using innovative technological solutions and collaborative methods, this would be a first activity of the emerging International Negotiation Platform.


Pressure to act: Covid-19 and the global governance of biological weapons

By Michelle Bentley

Covid-19 will radically change and challenge global action on biological weapons. By demonstrating the extreme consequences of biological warfare (both in terms of public health and social disruption), the pandemic will redefine the current debate and put new pressure on international actors to address the threat through global governance structures.



COVID, Crisis and Change in Global Governance

By Nico Krisch

The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have serious domestic and international political consequences and to exacerbate existing trends to reshape the landscape of international and transnational institutions. These six trends, when combined, could be dangerous for the structure of global governance as we know it.




Governance, in crisis: What COVID-19 means for the present and future of global governance

By Velibor Jakovleski

Introducing a new series of think pieces to reflect critically on the limits (or untapped potential) of existing governance systems and innovative ways to solve future global challenges.



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How will the Covid-19 pandemic reshape refugee and migration governance?

By Kristin Bergtora Sandvik & Adele Garnier

In an effort to slow down  the transmission of the virus, new travel restrictions by countries have halted refugee resettlements and placed already marginalised populations at greater risk.  The blog identifies marginalisation, legal distancing and the ambiguity of care as the key characteristics of the Covid-19 pandemic response currently reshaping refugee and migration governance.




Mobility in crisis: can global governance get the world moving again?

By Christopher Szabla

The outbreak of Covid-19 has closed borders around the world, appearing to have deepened a crisis in globalization that has challenged the mobility of people, goods, and services between countries and even within them. Can global governance norms and institutions play a role in restoring or even improving movement in a post-Covid world given an ongoing hostility to them?