The 2020 DOC Rhodes Forum‘s headline theme of ‘reinventing international cooperation‘ implies a number of component themes, including global solidarity and the need for shared values; digital power and new international actors; the value of civil society and other global actors in mitigating both US-China polarisation and the decay of global institutional cooperation; and the economic response to Covid-19 amidst de-globalisation and the new global recession. Many of these themes are covered by the DOC’s ongoing research projects, some of which we will be pleased to showcase at the Forum.
The DOC’s ‘Eurasian Integration Index’ measures detailed economic dynamics at play within the region’s component states, focusing on levels of connectivity between the region’s economies. Using this tool, the DOC hypothesis is that regional integration enhances the benefits of bilateral collaboration through regulatory and institutional harmonisation, trade growth, and monetary cooperation.
DOC Senior Researcher Behrooz Gharleghi presents the project’s aims and findings with analysis from a similar index by the Asian Development Bank, offering context through a complementary overview of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
Alternative economic models
Western capitalism is not coping well with the challenges of the 21st century. Covid-19 has revealed numerous failures. Many rich countries have dealt poorly with the spread of the virus, and economic growth is still neither green, nor inclusive. Meanwhile, conventional recipes for development in the Global South have not provided the economic success stories that development theories promise. On the contrary, all economic miracles, mostly in East Asia, are based on indigenous, non-Western economic models.
DOC Senior Researcher Vladimir Popov presents a special report on alternative economic models. Using the economic miracles of East Asia to demonstrate alternatives to liberal models, the discussion will focus on proposals for the rest of the Global South and for reforms of the existing world economic order.
Sovereignty and digitalisation
The rapid emergence of digitalisation has powered a so-called ‘crisis of sovereignty’. Sovereignty, the dominant characteristic of political order for the last four centuries, has undergone profound change, driven initially by technology-enabled globalisation as well as anti-globalism. The DOC analyses aspects of the digitalisation-sovereignty relationship.
DOC advisor Richard Higgott will moderate discussion over the tensions of content moderation and the power of algorithmic decision-making and digital surveillance, as well as the evolution of differing ‘ecologies’ driven by the internet’s major state and private power players.
Results of the global survey on the reform of the United Nations and international cooperation
Initiated to contribute to the United Nations’ broader efforts to consult the global public on its vision for the coming decades, the DOC survey’s outreach and Delphi methodology has produced responses from all over the world.
The DOC team will present the trends and emphases emerging from the data.
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