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NUPI Center for UN and Global Governance

Researh Centre

The UN and the rest of the multilateral system is under increasing pressure to manage friction between member states, and to act on global challenges, such as climate change, violent conflicts and wars, and the negative effects of globalization.

At the same time, the character of multilateralism is changing, with the G20, the BRICS and regional organizations like the African Union taking on a more assertive role, and where a range of private regulatory networks is becoming more important.

NUPI's Centre for UN and Global Governance is a strategic research initiative aimed at analyzing these trends and assessing its implications for Norwegian foreign policy. The Centre will serve as a hub for research across NUPI’s research departments, and focuses, inter alia, on:

  • The evolution of the UN and other international and regional organizations in response to broader political developments
  • The role and efficacy of UN and other peace operations in a changing global order
  • The emergence of regional and hybrid organizations, and new types of international organizations
  • Changes in the roles, networks and partnerships between states, international organizations, regional organizations, CSOs, and firms
  • The role and functioning of the UN Security Council in a changing world

The Center will be co-coordinated by Ole Jacob Sending and Cedric de Coning.



The EU Navigating Multilateral Cooperation

How should the EU navigate the increasingly complex - and conflict-laden - institutional spaces of global governance to advance a rules-based international order? And what factors should be emphasized when considering which institutions to strengthen, which to reform, and which to by-pass when revitalising multilateralism?
Project : Forskningsprosjekt

Ad hoc crisis response and international organisations

ADHOCISM asks what is the impact of ad hoc crisis responses on international organisations?
Project : Research Project

Support to UN Peace Operations: Ensuring More Effective UN Peace Operations

The aim of this project is to strengthen the ability of UN peace operations to respond to global security challenges and improve their effectiveness.
Project : Research Project

Evaluating Power Political Repertoires

EPOS aims to bring about a systematic problem shift in how power politics are studied by moving analytical focus from states' power resources and systemic features of world politics to the actual repertoires through which states engage one another.
Project : Research Project
The image shows members of the Free Syrian Army on patrol.

The Market for Anarchy

The Market for Anarchy project seeks to better understand how state behaviour is shaped by assessments of and responses to different types of risks.
Project : Forskningsprosjekt

Effectiveness of Peace Operations Network

NUPI together with 40 partners from across the globe have established an international network to undertake research into the effectiveness of peace operations.
Project : Research project

Training for Peace 2011 - 2019

The Training for Peace Programme (TfP Programme) is an international programme that contributes towards capacity building within the broader ambit of peace operations in Africa.
Project : Research project

Developmentality and the anthropology of partnership

The concept of partnership is central to the organisation of international development aid. This project will study the concept of partnership in theory and practice.
  • Frida Bjørneseth
Project : Research project

Nordic responses to Geopolitical challenges

Which tools to politicians in the Nordic countries have available to them in a more challenging geopolitical sphere?
Project : Research Project
Members of far-right nationalist party National Movement (RN) during a rally in front of the US embassy in Warsaw Poland 25 April 2018

World of the Right: Alternative visions of global order

The project looks deeper into the conservative New Right in Russia, the US, and Europe, examining in particular the alternative visions of Western civilisational order that these movements harbour, and their relationship to liberal (international) ideology in its post-1989 and post-1945 forms.