Research areas

Current Developments in the Multilateral System

The GIIS studies multilateral cooperation against the backdrop of globalization, multiple crises, geopolitical shifts, and contestation.


Global Energy Politics

Our fossil-fuel dominated energy system has a deep, and often disturbing, impact on geopolitics, our global and local environments, and issues of social justice.

Global Energy Governance

Great Powers and Grand Strategy

 In a world that has returned to great power rivalry, understanding the grand strategy of these powers is crucial. How they interact will determine the course of world politics in the first half of the 21st century.

Great Powers

Foreign Policy Analysis

Foreign policy analysis is well-known for opening up the black box of the state and identifying how relevant domestic actors, such as leaders, political parties and bureaucracies might impact upon foreign policymaking.

foreign policy analysis

Global Money Politics

Financial globalization enabled the widening of macroeconomic imbalances that were a structural cause of the global financial crisis of 2007-9 and the Eurozone debt crisis of 2010-15. These macroeconomic imbalances are the topic of past and ongoing research at the GIIS. 

Money politics

Global Tax Politics

Economic and financial globalization made it more difficult for national governments to tax wealthy citizens and multinational corporations. However, over the past 10 years the world has witnessed a sea-change with regard to multilateral tax cooperation.

Tax Politics