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Cooperadio - The Global Cooperation Podcast

Cooperadio - The Global Cooperation Podcast

By Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Cooperadio invites you on a journey through the fascinating world of global cooperation research. Each episode features voices, opinions and research that address the multitude of global challenges that we are dealing with as inhabitants of a deeply globalized world - from the climate emergency, the challenges of global migration, the multitude of old and new conflicts, all the way to the digital revolution. All these transboundary problems have one thing in common: They cannot be overcome by singular actors from nations states alone and therefore call for global cooperation!
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05 - Patents, Profits & Pandemics, with Susan Sell | Research Feature: Janet Hui Xue

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COVID-19 and Migration: The Rocky Roads of Migration, with Hannah Pool
Within the last years, migration trajectories have increasingly expanded as migrants from Afghanistan and other countries have taken the risky and uncertain route to Europe. Prolonged war and life-threatening environments have forced people to leave behind their homes and seek refuge in other countries. On their way, migrants face numerous challenges and hardships that either enable or hinder their movement between borders. Migrants are confronted with navigating their journey as they try to manage economic interactions and  social relationships in order to facilitate their endeavour despite undocumented migration trajectories. Without the necessary resources - both economic and social networks - undocumented migration is almost impossible and, for many, the reason why they are trapped in their unsafe homes. Our guest for this episode is Hannah Pool. Together, we talk about the challenges and prospects of refugees and their experiences on their journey to reach Europe and Germany. We follow the routes that people take to seek refuge and how they manage their journey despite everything they encounter. Hannah Pool is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. She received her PhD at the University of Cologne on migration trajectories of people coming from Afghanistan to Western Europe via Iran, Turkey, Greece, and the Balkan route. Previously, she was a doctoral student at the International Max-Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy (IMPRS-SPCE) from 2017 to 2021. In her dissertation Hannah examined how social relations facilitate economic interactions among migrants, their families, smugglers and various other actors on the route from Afghanistan, Turkey, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Greece to Germany. Find her on Twitter: @hannahkpool For feedback or questions we welcome your comments directed at @GCR21 on Twitter under the hashtag #cooperadiopodcast or you can get in touch via e-mail: Further reading & sources: Pool, H. (2021). "Doing the Game": The Moral Economy of Coming to Europe. PhD Thesis, University of Cologne, Cologne. Pool, H. (2021). Herkunft als Weg: Migrationsforschung nimmt zunehmend die Komplexität von Routen in den Blick. WZB-Mitteilungen, (173), 31-33.
April 07, 2022
Research Feature: A System with a Troubled Past - The Making of Contemporary Capitalism, Property Rights, and the Global Order, with Zsuzsanna Török
On a global scale, private property rights function as the foundation of our current liberal world order. Laws and regulations provide safety and stability for nation-states and the individual, ensuring social order and free trade by creating accountability and liability. In this ever globalizing world, these pillars have become a reliant tool to turn to in case of fraudulent or unfair activities. At the same time, not all global citizens have benefited equally from the liberal property regime and legal protection set up during the 19th century. Vulnerable and marginalized parts of the global community are often held to different standards and exposed to unpredictable external dynamics. So the questions remain if first, this liberal legislative framework created in the 19th century is as stable and functioning as we may often think? And second, is it time for improvement and adjustment to create something more sustainable and fair for all? Our guest for this episode is Dr. Zsuzsanna Török who has been a senior research fellow at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research and part of the research group “Legitimation and De-legitimation in Global Cooperation” from March 2021 until February 2022. At the Center, her research project focused on the Critique of the Liberal State, Private Property and Legal Reform: Late 19th Century Experiences and Their Legacies. Furthermore, she is a Post Doc at the University of Vienna at the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies. Zsuzsanna received her Master and PhD in History at the Central University in Budapest. She has extensively researched the history of nationalism, state-building, and the history of the Habsburg Monarchy in global contexts. Her research project focuses on the Habsburger Monarchy and liberal capitalist private property in the 19th century within a transnational framework. For feedback or questions we welcome your comments directed at @GCR21 on Twitter under the hashtag #cooperadiopodcast or you can get in touch via e-mail: Further reading & sources: Török, Zsuzsana B. (2021). Staatenkunde and State Building in the Habsburg Monarchy, ca. 1790–1880. Habilitation Manuscript, defended at the University of Vienna, 17.02. Török, Zsuzsana B. (2020). “Exploring the k.u.k. Province – Landeskunde and honismeret in nineteenth-century Transylvania,” in Jan Arend (ed.), Science and Empire in Eastern Europe. Imperial Russia and the Habsburg Monarchy in the 19th Century (Bad Wiesseer Tagungen des Collegium Carolinum, 38), Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 187–203.
March 31, 2022
Ukraine Special - Putin ad portas: The Future of Security in the Ukraine and Europe, with Tobias Debiel and Herbert Wulf
On Monday, 7 March 2022, Cooperadio hosts Janine Herbert and Julia Fleck spoke with peace researchers Professors Tobias Debiel and Herbert Wulf, about their analysis of the causes and motivations behind the Russian invasion of Ukraine, how to get out of the spiral of escalation, what possible scenarios for an end of the war could look like, and the consequences of the current confrontation for the future of the European security architecture and the international system as a whole.  Contact us:    E-mail:      Twitter: @gcr_21    #cooperadiopodcast Related Articles:  Debiel, Tobias (2022): "How to end the spiral of escalation"  Wulf, Herbert (2022): "Putin’s War in Ukraine: How To Get Out of the Catch-22 Situation?" Tobias Debiel is Deputy Director of the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) and Co-Director of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research, both at the University of Duisburg- Essen. There, he is also Professor for International Relations in the Department of Political Science since 2006. His research interests lie in the areas of state failure and global governance; state building and violent conflicts; and structures of violence and development chances in times of globalization. Herbert Wulf is a Professor of International Relations and former Director of the Bonn International Center for Conflict Studies (BICC). Between 2012 and 2013, he was Senior Expert Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/ Centre for Global Cooperation Research. He is presently a Senior Fellow at BICC, an Adjunct Senior Researcher at the Institute for Development and Peace, University of Duisburg/Essen, Germany, and a Research Affiliate at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand. He serves on the Scientific Boards of SIPRI, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, and the Centre for Conflict Studies of the University of Marburg, Germany.
March 10, 2022
COVID-19 and Migration: Compromised Mobility and Shaky Governance Frameworks, with Marion Panizzon
Cooperadio Hosts Janine Herbert and Julia Fleck talk with Dr Marion Panizzon about the challenges and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic for migrants and refugees, how Covid has impacted the status quo of established asylum procedures and political responses to find ways to manage… Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “Everyone has the right to freedom of movement ... And the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country”. The Declaration set a common standard for all people and nations and has been widely recognized. Yet, these stipulations have been increasingly contested in times of crisis as governments worldwide have deviated from these norms in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Migrants and refugees have been exceptionally affected throughout this global health crisis. The course of the pandemic has disrupted mobility and compromised access to essential services for migrants and refugees. Moreover, they face a greater risk of contagion than other parts of society. Consequently, migrants and refugees ought to receive greater protection and care. Yet, while some countries do have adequate migration mechanisms, others do not. The question remains, how can standardized and fair migration governance be achieved in times of Covid-19? Our guest for this episode is Senior Researcher of the NCCR, Dr Marion Panizzon.  Together, we talk about the challenges and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic for migrants and refugees how Covid has impacted the status quo of established asylum procedures and political responses to find ways to manage. Marion is passionate about migration and global governance mechanisms which manage such movements. She has been active in the field for several years and worked for the World Bank, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, the Institut du Development Durable and the Migration Policy Institute. She has published extensively on topics related to international economic law and migration governance in EU and UN contexts.  Find her on Twitter: @marion_panizzon   For feedback or questions we welcome your comments directed at @GCR21 on Twitter under the hashtag#cooperadiopodcast or you can get in touch via e-mail:  Further reading & sources:  Hanke, Philip & Wieruszewski, Marek & Panizzon, Marion. (2018). The ‘spirit of the Schengen rules’, the humanitarian visa, and contested asylum governance in Europe – The Swiss case. Journal of Ethnic andMigration Studies. 45. 1-16. 10.1080/1369183X.2018.1441615.  Panizzon, Marion & van Riemsdijk, Micheline. (2018). Introduction to Special issue: ‘migration governance in an era oflarge movements: a multi-level approach’. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 44. 10.1080/1369183X.2018.1441600.
February 22, 2022
Research Feature: Good refugees, bad refugees? Narratives and framing in refugee discourses, with Bidisha Biswas
“Everybody deserves dignity, a place to live and a nationality” - this is the normative approach of the UN Refugee Convention from 1954 as a response to the events of WWII. The convention has set global standards but, undoubtedly, a lot has changed since. According to our guest, Prof. Bidisha Biswas, the convention is not up to date. The valuable idea that there is a collective global responsibility for refugees is not adequate to a reality where the countries that have the most resources to take that responsibility are not the countries that are normally hosting the refugees. 86% of refugees are hosted in developing countries and not in resource-rich countries. The question of who is responsible has to be solved first, otherwise the question of who is a refugee is rather futile. Are countries in the Global North silent about certain circumstances, because they are actually happy about countries in the global south taking refugees? What is influencing refugee and migration policies? Another weakness of the convention is that it does not include climate and economic refugees. Most people are not destined to be famous or become a surgeon — what do we do with “ordinary” refugees who want a better life for themselves and their families? And if we believe in human dignity also during a pandemic, how do we get vaccines in refugee camps? These and more questions will be addressed in our mini series on migration and the pandemic. This episode’s guest Bidisha Biswas joined the research group "Global Cooperation and Diverging Conceptions of World Order" as a Senior Research Fellow at the KHK/GCR21. In addition she is a Professor of Political Science at Western Washington University at the Department of Political Science. She was also a Franklin Fellow in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the United States Department of State. She holds a Doctorate in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her project at the Centre is focused on the Global Refugee Regime, looking at how refugees are framed in different countries focusing on the South-Asian region, specifically India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, who have not signed the UN refugee convention, but are all sending and receiving refugees to various degrees. She is investigating the conditions under which refugees are seen as being deserving and not deserving of refuge and how that shapes national policies. Since South Asia has no regional framework or any kind of mechanisms for refugees (like Europe, Africa and South America have) she is looking at continental responsibilities, India's leadership in migration policy and regional power shifts. Bidisha’s recent works include: Biswas, B. (2021). Hindu Radicalization and Implications for India. In: Raymond Izarali, M. & Ahlawat, D. (eds.). Terrorism, Security and Development in South Asia: National, Regional and Global Implications (1st ed.), New York: Routledge, 177-192. Bhattacharya, S. & Biswas, B. (2020). International Norms of Asylum and Burden-Sharing: A Case Study of Bangladesh and the Rohingya Refugee Population, Journal of Refugee Studies. Biswas, B. & Deylami, S. (2019). Radicalizing Female Empowerment: Gender, Agency, and Affective Appeals in Islamic State Propaganda, Small Wars & Insurgencies 30(6-7), 1193-1213. Bidisha Biswas' website and twitter account: @Bee_the_Wonk
January 13, 2022
Research Feature: Internet Governance - Between Net Neutrality and Necessary Boundaries; with Nathalia Sautchuk Patrício
Online election campaigns, online shopping, working from home, and video conferences with people from all over the world - whether we like it or not, since the start of the pandemic, the internet determines our lives more than ever before, both online and offline. States and international organizations are increasingly confronted with the question of who actually regulates the internet, whether it even can be regulated (and how), and what role companies like Amazon and Facebook play in this. Our guest for this episode is German Chancellor Fellow Nathalia Sautchuk Patrício, who is doing comparative research about the German and the Brazilian experience with promoting and protecting the open internet through net neutrality and the fight against illegal online content. With her, we talk about the hopes and burdens of net neutrality, which responsibilities internet companies like Facebook should have, and how Brazil can pose as a good example for Germany in terms of internet governance.  Nathalia has a passion for technology and using it to improve peoples' lives. She has been working in the field of internet governance for 7 years, for the DiploFoundation or LACNIC (Latin America and Caribbean Network Information Centre), and she has given lectures at institutes including the Universidade Presbeteriana Mackenzie, the Virtual University of State of São Paulo, and the Senac University, among others. She has published extensively on topics related to Internet Governance Initiatives and internet usage mainly in Latin America. Find Nathalia on Twitter: @nathysautchuk For feedback or questions we welcome you comments directed at @GCR21 on Twitter under the hashtag #cooperadiopodcast or you can get in touch via e-mail: Further readings: Sautchuk-Patricio, Nathalia (2021). Learning From the German Experience of Promoting and Protecting the Open Internet: The Cases of Network Neutrality and the Fight Against Illicit Online Content; In: Quarterly Magazine, July 2021.  Aguerre, C. and Canabarro, D. (2021). Borders and Boundaries in Internet Governance. Rethinking Scholarship and Policies. In: Quarterly Magazine, July 2021. Aguerre, C.; Canabarro, D. R.; Callegari, A.; Hurel, L. M.; Patrício, N. S. (2018). Mapping National Internet Governance Initiatives in Latin America. Internet Policy Observatory at the Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania: April. Haggart, B.; Tusikov, N. and Scholte, J. A. (eds.) (2021). Power and Authority in Internet Governance. Return of the State? Routledge: London.
December 09, 2021
07 - Climate, Covid, Cooperation: Negotiating for a Sustainable Future, with Felix Dodds
While it seemed that the big climate issue had finally gained momentum both nationally and internationally, the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic appears to have diverted public and political attention again. However, there are upcoming negotiations regarding climate and biodiversity addressing the larger sustainable development arena. And the incentive, at least from the stakeholder side, is to bring the climate issue back to the centre of attention. Our guest for this show is Felix Dodds. We talk with him about the role of agencies, the changes of online negotiations due to the pandemic and the use of corridors for the COPs. Felix brings years of experience with climate conferences and the involvement of stakeholders from civil society to the table. Currently, he is a Senior Fellow at the Global Research Institute and a Senior Affiliate at the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina. For 20 years, he was the executive director of the NGO 'Stakeholder Forum for Sustainable Future'.  Questions touched upon in this episode include:  What do insurance companies have to do with climate change? Which role plays the global market when it comes to better climate regulations? How has the pandemic and the use of online-communication tools changed/ impacted negotiations  and the inclusion of stakeholders? How can stakeholders influence the arena of negotiations and make their voices heard? And finally, why should you definitely bring a multiple socket to a climate conference? Felix also has a website and blogs at, and tweets as @felixdodds.  His forthcoming book (his 21st book publication, mentioned in the very beginning of the episode) is: Tomorrow's People and New Technology.   Additional Links:  Glasgow Climate Change Conference Bloomberg Climate Coalition Convention on biological diversity United Nations Climate Change
August 11, 2021
06 - A New Hope? BRICS, the UN, and Global Cooperation, with Siphamandla Zondi | Research Feature: Karolina Kluczewska
Was the Covid-19 crisis the boost the world needed to come back together? Covid-19 was a very significant incident in bringing global cooperation back on the table at a time of enormous national egocentrism. The crisis confronted industrialized countries with an existential threat - something that countries in the so-called “Global South” were experiencing all along. So, on the one hand it was a rare equalizing moment in international relations. On the other hand it also reinforced existing asymmetries: rich countries were able to quickly shut out the global dimensions of the problem through their policy options and helped themselves to vaccines, leaving the rest once more at the mercy of their charity. With our guest expert, Prof. Siphamandla Zondi, we discuss his evaluation of global governance from the perspective of countries in the Global South and the BRICS group in particular. We learn about the added value of supranational organizations, such as the United Nations, as a platform to make all interests visible. And we look at how the current crisis cautions us not to turn our back’s on multilateralism but actively seek it out when the next global crisis hits. Professor Zondi is currently professor at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Johannesburg and chair of the South African BRICS Think Tank Council. He is also a member of the Africa Decolonial Research Network committed to rethinking knowledge in Africa. He has published extensively on regional and global governance, South African foreign relations, colonialism, and public health policy. One of his current publications deals with COVID-19 and the Return of the State in Africa. Find him on Twitter @siZondi In the Research Feature we talk to Karolina Kluczewska. She currently works on a research project that investigates how competing conceptions of world order are processed in the development aid sector in Tajikistan. By looking at a row of Western and non-Western aid donors’ interactions with this particular recipient country, she gathers evidence on how their different approaches to world order are perceived locally and how these competing stimuli shape Tajikistan’s relations with such a diverse set of outside actors overall. Timestamps:  00:00: Introduction 02:50: Interview with Siphamandla Zondi 39:07: Research Feature: Karolina Kluczewska For feedback or questions we welcome your comments directed at @GCR_21 on Twitter under the hashtag #cooperadiopodcast or you can get in touch via e-mail: Further reading & sources: Siphamandla Zondi (2021): COVID-19, Resilience and South-South Cooperation & (2019): BRICS and Africa in perspective Kluczewska, Karolina (2019): Questioning local ownership: Insights from donor-funded NGOs in Tajikistan
July 06, 2021
05 - Patents, Profits & Pandemics, with Susan Sell | Research Feature: Janet Hui Xue
While in regions like Europe and North America national vaccination campaigns have been picking up speed over the past months, the less well-off majority of the world has seen little to no vaccine supplies. Why does it have to be like that? Is there a moral obligation to make health innovations easily available globally? What about the intellectual property rights of the researchers and creators of these innovations, should they not profit from their work? Podcast host Prof Sigrid Quack discusses these and other questions with our guest expert, Professor Susan Sell, who echoes a growing consensus that our intellectual property regime, that is so essential for 21st century intellectual monopoly capitalism, is hampering global health outcomes - not just in the current pandemic. Susan Sell is an eminent expert on the politics of intellectual property, trade, investment, private power and the international political economy more broadly. She is “RegNet” Professor at the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University at Canberra. Her publications include books like Private Power, Public Law: the Globalization of Intellectual Property Rights, as well as articles and a recent special issue on Political Economies of Global Health. In our Research Feature, we continue our series on Internet Governance Research at the Centre. This time, we speak to Dr Janet Hui Xue about her project on “Personal Data in the Digital Economy”, in which she compares how the collection and use of personal data is being governed in the EU and China. Janet analyses the tools and governance models that have been tried in either the EU or China to strike a balance between business innovation and the protection of consumer rights in the context of personal data. You can get in touch with Janet via Twitter: @Janet_Xue If you have feedback or questions for us, we look forward to your comments to our twitter account @GCR_21 via the hashtag #cooperadiopodcast or you can get in touch via e-mail: Timestamps:  00:00 - Introduction 03:52 - Patents, Profits & Pandemics: Interview with Susan Sell 39:47 - Research Feature: Janet Hui Xue Further reading & Sources:  Ugo Pagano (2014): The crisis of intellectual monopoly capitalism Nature Editorial: A patent waiver on COVID vaccines is right and fair, Nature 593, 478 (2021)
June 22, 2021
04 - Future Cities and Champion Mayors: City-to-city cooperation, with Aziza Akhmouch | Research Feature: Carolina Aguerre
By 2100, it is projected that 80-90% of the world population will live in cities. What will these cities look like? What will people's lives in those cities look like?  The answers to these questions will be largely determined by how cities respond to many of the global trends and challenges they already face today: migration and demography, globalization, climate change, and of course contagious diseases.  After all, large cities around the world were the places where the Covid-19 pandemic hit first and its impact was probably felt most strongly. This applied not only to the social and economic function associated with city centers, but also to their cultural and civic role as spaces for communal engagement and creativity. The drastic impact on city dwellers' lives has led many to question the "urban normal" and revitalized the idea of cities as hubs for innovation and experimentation for a more sustainable future. What can we learn from the experiences and the experiments of municipal authorities and urban communities over the course of this crisis to better face the challenges of our coming urban 21st century?  We discussed these questions and more with Dr Aziza Akhmouch, Head of the Cities, Urban Policy and Sustainable Development Division (@OECD_local) at the OECD (@OECD), where she manages a diverse team of analysts and economists advising national governments on new data, evidence and guidance on a wide range of policies to encourage smart, inclusive, competitive and sustainable cities.  In the Research Feature segment, Dr Carolina Aguerre, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research, introduces her project on “Internet governance and data issues: future paths of cooperation mechanisms?“ where she looks at questions concerning possibilities for cooperation in polycentric Internet governance in the age of big data and Artificial Intelligence (AI).   Find more of Carolina‘s research on Internet governance in Latin America here (PDF) or on digital trade here (PDF).  If you have feedback or questions for us, we look forward to your comments to our twitter account @GCR_21 via the hashtag #cooperadiopodcast or you can get in touch via e-mail:  Our guests of this episode are also on Twitter: @Akhmouch and @carolinaaguerre  Timestamps:  00:00 - Introduction 03:45 - Interview with Aziza Akhmouch 40:54 - Research Feature: Carolina Aguerre Further reading:  OECD briefing note: Cities Policy Responses to Covid-19 Champion Mayors Initiative  UN HABITAT: Cities and Pandemics: Towards a more just, green and healthy future  The Future of Conviviality in  a City Reshaped by the Pandemic, presentation of Deyan Sudjic, Design Museum London  The 100-million-city (The Guardian)
June 16, 2021
03 - We need to talk about the World Health Organisation!, with Anna Holzscheiter | Research Feature: Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn
With the spread of the SARS-CoV2 virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) quickly found itself caught between calls to resolve the crisis and accusations of having delayed an efficient pandemic response in the interest of certain member states. While expectations were high for the WHO to deliver on its mandate as guardian of global health, countries with self-interested agendas undermined the WHO‘s role by providing insufficient funding and engaging in forum shopping. How can the WHO rise to the enormous challenge of  promoting good health and well-being globally in spite of these impediments? What role do other actors of the global health architecture play, and how do they interact with the WHO? And what impact do private-public-initiatives or other less formal institutions like the G20 have on the future of global health governance? We had the chance to discuss these and other questions with Prof. Dr. Anna Holzscheiter, Chair of Political Science with a focus on international politics at TU Dresden and the head of the research group 'Governance for Global Health' at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB). In our ‘Research Feature’, Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn introduces his state-of-the-art work on the usefulness of blockchain technology for climate finance and for improving the input and output legitimacy of climate governance. He tries to map the possibilities and limits of techno-centric climate governance by asking: Can new emerging blockchain experiments actually enable outputs that reduce greenhouse gas emission? Follow this link to find his latest paper! For additional information on the episode, visit our website. We look forward to your feedback or questions on Twitter: @GCR_21 ! Use the hashtag #cooperadiopodcast Or send us an e-mail: Our guests of this episode are also on Twitter: @AHolzscheiter and @MalcolmCV Timestamps: 00:00 - Introduction,  03:45 - Interview with Anna Holzscheiter, 35:18 - Research Feature Further reading:  Laura Pantzerhielm, Anna Holzscheiter, Thurid Bahr (2019): Governing effectively in a complex world? How metagovernance norms and changing repertoires of knowledge shape international organization discourses on institutional order in global health,Cambridge Review of International Affairs. Further Reading by Anna and her research group 'Governance for Global Health': Publications GOGH Jan Aart Scholte, Soetkin Verhaegen, Jonas Tallberg (2021): Elite attitudes and the future of global governance, International Affairs, Vol. 97, Issue 3, May 2021, Pages 861–886.
June 08, 2021
02 - Multilateralism - Can we still build on it?, with Richard Ponzio | Research Feature: Michele Tedeschini
COVID-19 has uncovered the interdependencies of our globalized era and revealed how quickly interruptions in this system translate into peoples everyday lives all around the globe. So how has “the world” fared in (politically) managing this challenge as a whole? Have we succeeded in cooperating globally to overcome this crisis? And what does our response to this one tell us about any challenges of the future, such as the climate change emergency? A couple of weeks ago, our host Prof. Jan Aart Scholte spoke with Dr Richard Ponzio, Director of the "Global Governance, Justice & Security“ Program and Senior Fellow at the Stimson Center in Washington, D.C. He wanted to know: Does traditional multilateral cooperation have a future? What will diplomacy post-COVID-19 look like? And what role could private actors play in the global cooperation architecture of the future? As a mode of global cooperation, multilateralism has been under strain long before the onset of the pandemic, as certain actors have been contesting either its functionality or even its value altogether. Evidence of an increasingly fragile internationalism, where great powers instrumentalize institutions for geopolitical calculations, has loomed not just since the protectionist turn of the Trump administration. However, Richard sees reason to be mildly optimistic about how this crisis will be dealt with, given, for instance, the United States‘ return to a more international profile under the Biden administration. In our ‘Research Feature’ segment we talk to Michele Tedeschini about his work on the legacy of the New International Economic Order and how its ideas still resonate in today’s international relations and influence the relationships of countries of the so-called “Global South” with each other, and with the industrialized nations of “the West”. Timestamps: 00:00 - Introduction 02:55 - Interview with Richard Ponzio 46:00 - Research Feature: Michele Tedeschini For further info on Michele‘s work see his website or follow him on twitter: @mtedeschini. You can find the edited volume „Contingency in International Law“ here, and Michele‘s paper here.  If you have feedback or questions for us, we look forward to your comments to our twitter account @GCR_21 via the hashtag #cooperadiopodcast or you can get in touch via e-mail: If you have any questions for Richard, follow him on twitter: @RichardPonzio!  Further Reading by Richard Ponzio: „Coping with New and Old Crises“ „Perils and pitfalls of America‘s return to the multilateral order“
June 01, 2021
01 - A wake-up call for Global Governance, with Thomas Hale | Research feature: Alena Drieschova
For over a year now, Covid-19 and its effects have taken centre-stage in the life of people around the world. From day-to-day private matters to big decisions of international politics and the global economy, few things are left unchanged by the pandemic. It has uncovered the extreme interconnectedness and mutual interdependence of our globalized era. So how has “the world” fared in managing this challenge? Have we succeeded in cooperating globally to overcome this crisis, and what does our response to this one tell us about any challenges of the future, such as the climate change emergency? To our first guest on “Cooperadio”, Professor Thomas Hale of Oxford University, the Coronavirus pandemic is a “wake-up call to the weakness of our current efforts in cooperation and the need to strengthen them to anticipate the crises to come.” It has demonstrated just how unprepared the international system is to deal with such fundamentally transnational threats and exposed once more the problematic effects of (overt or covert) nationalism and national self-interest. With show host Professor Jan Aart Scholte, he discusses different actors' and institutions' potential for managing the global crises of the 21st century. They look, among other things, at how the pandemic challenges our preconception of the appropriateness of states intervening in societies for “the greater public good”, and what lessons we can draw from this for the analysis of global governance in the future. In our ‘Research Feature’ segment we talk to Alena Drieschova about her work on Representants and International Orders and about how international politics can be witnessed in our everyday lives. Timestamps:  00:00 - Introduction 02:43 - Interview with Thomas Hale 22:33 - Research Feature: Alena Drieschova You can find more information on our website.  If you have feedback or questions for us, we look forward to your comments to our twitter account @GCR_21 via the hashtag #cooperadiopodcast or you can get in touch via e-mail:  If you have any questions for Thomas, follow him on twitter: @thomasnhale or find out more about his work on his University of Oxford website. The Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker is available on this site. For further info on Alena‘s work see her personal website.
May 25, 2021