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The EU Navigating Multilateral Cooperation (NAVIGATOR)

2023 - 2027 (Ongoing)
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?

NAVIGATOR’s main objective is to answer these questions and deliver a ready-to-use “search mechanism” and associated pathways of action that the EU and its member states can use as it seeks to strengthen a rules-based international order. To achieve this, NAVIGATOR comprises a strong, global and inter-disciplinary team of researchers who explores institutional variation on six policy issues – climate change, digitalisation, finance/tax, health, migration and security – to identify what institutional mixes that enables the EU to have optimal impact in a given policy issue. We explore variation in formality (formal to informal), accessibility (open to closed), and normativity (expressed purpose is technical to openly normative). Drawing on these data and complementing these with content analysis, social network analysis, semi-structured interviews and European and global surveys, NAVIGATOR develops a “search mechanism” that allows the EU and member states to compare strengths and weaknesses of existing multilateral organizations, determine which can be reformed and which are too costly to reform, identify and assess alternatives, and, on this basis, develop action strategies to reform multilateralism. NAVIGATOR will be very relevant to the work programme, as it will assess the effectiveness of multilateral institutions and arrangements; identify the optimal pathways of action of EU support to multilateral, minilateral, private and public-private initiatives to further global governance in a given policy domain, and provide recommendations for EU engagement strategies in the context of the war in Ukraine, threats of nationalism and anti-EU populism.

Funders

Horizon Europe

Funding program

EU Research and Innovation Action, Grant agreement ID: 101094394

Project Manager

John Karlsrud

Research Professor, Head of the Research group on peace, conflict and development

 

Themes
Peace operations  Security policy  Governance  Climate  International organizations  The EU  NATO  United Nations  Russia and Eurasia  Europe  Asia  Africa  North America  Cyber  AU  Migration  Globalisation  Regional integration
Participants

Niels Nagelhus Schia

Senior Research Fellow, Head of the Research group on security and defense, Head of NUPI's Research Centere on New Technology

 

External

Partners: COPENHAGEN BUSINESS SCHOOL UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT UNIVERSITY OF WITWATERSRAND JOHANNESBURG UNIVERSITA COMMERCIALE LUIGI BOCCONI STICHTING VU, OPERATING VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT AMSTERDAM EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS E.V. THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM TALLINNA TEHNIKAÜLIKOOL

Connected partners: UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA, UO WASEDA UNIVERSITY, WUT