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Ad Hoc Crisis Response and International Organisations (ADHOCISM)

Written by

John Karlsrud
Research Professor
Yf Reykers




International organisations (IOs) are created with the aim of solving collective action problems when a crisis arises. Yet, member states have repeatedly established ad hoc crisis responses in situations where IOs might be expected to play a central role. ADHOCISM asks what is the impact of ad hoc crisis responses on international organisations? In this way, ADHOCISM wants to contribute to filling this knowledge gap through a systematic study of ad hoc crisis responses in two policy domains: security and health. With this paired comparison, ADHOCISM wants to tap into a broader empirical governance phenomenon. Ad hoc crisis responses are here understood as loose groups of actors that agree to solve a particular crisis at a given time and location outside of an existing international organisation in the same policy domain. Ad hoc crisis reponses can, in the short-term, lead to more rapid and effective crisis responses among like-minded states, but if international organisations are no longer seen as the principal instruments to confront global challenges, the risk is also that the relevance of these international organisations will diminish, and similar trends may unfold in other domains.
  • Published year: 2021
  • Page count: 2
  • Language: English
  • Journal: Hot Takes, Network for Strategic Analysis (NSA)
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  • Defence and security
  • Security policy
  • Terrorism and extremism
  • NATO
  • Diplomacy and foreign policy
  • Regions
  • The Middle East and North Africa
  • Africa
  • Peace, crisis and conflict
  • Fragile states
  • Insurgencies
  • Global governance
  • International organizations
  • The EU
  • United Nations
  • AU