Governance Programme

CESRAN aims to identify the institutional requirements for effective multilateral cooperation in the twenty-first century. This research unit is motivated by the spread of transnational challenges, the rise of new powers, and the mounting influence of nonstate actors. Existing multilateral arrangements, unfortunately, provide an inadequate foundation for addressing many of today’s most pressing threats and opportunities and hence there has been an urgent call to explore rigorous, independent analysis of current structures of multilateral cooperation, and of the promises and pitfalls of alternative institutional arrangements. This unit meets these needs by analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of existing multilateral institutions and proposing reforms tailored to new international circumstances. Governance research directory is committed to:

  • Engaging in research on improving existing and building new frameworks to address specific global challenges-including climate change, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and transnational terrorism;
  • Bringing together influential foreign policymakers, scholars, and CESRAN members to debate the merits of international regimes and frameworks;
  • Providing opportunities to inform the foreign policy community of today’s international governance challenges and breed inventive solutions to strengthen the world’s multilateral bodies; and
  • Providing a state-of-the-art Web presence as a resource to the wider foreign policy community on issues related to the future of global governance.

We believe that the research and policy agenda outlined here constitutes a significant contribution to international deliberations on the requirements for world order in the twenty-first century.

Dr Aksel Ersoyaksel ersoy
Governance | Research Director
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