Topic themes
Our researchers tackle a range of specific topics and issues within international affairs, grouped across wider themes which cover the breadth of our expertise.
Defence and security
Examining traditional security threats and how various states use military forces and strategies both for defence purposes and to project power overseas.
ARMS CONTROL
DRUGS AND ORGANIZED CRIME
EUROPEAN DEFENCE
NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION (NATO)
PEACEKEEPING AND INTERVENTION
TERRORISM
Economics and trade
Huge challenges face the 21st century global economy, while the modern global trade system – largely shaped by the United States – is in flux.
BREXIT
BRICS ECONOMIES
CHINA'S BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE (BRI)
CIRCULAR ECONOMY
DRUGS AND ORGANIZED CRIME
G7 AND G20
INTERNATIONAL FINANCE SYSTEM
INTERNATIONAL TRADE
INVESTMENT IN AFRICA
WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION (WTO)
Environment
Analysing policy recommendations aimed at tackling climate change and the shift to a more sustainable model of economic growth.
Health
Analysis on how to anticipate and combat global health risks and disease threats, financing a global health architecture, and universal health coverage (UHC).
ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE
CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE
HEALTH STRATEGY
UNITED NATIONS (UN)
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)
Institutions
The changing balance of global political and economic power since the 1990s is calling the entire post-war international order into question.
AFRICAN UNION (AU)
EUROPEAN UNION (EU)
G7 AND G20
NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION (NATO)
UNITED NATIONS (UN)
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)
WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION (WTO)
Major powers
The US is still largely seen as the world’s most powerful country, but China is the most populated nation, with growing economic and political influence.
AMERICA'S INTERNATIONAL ROLE
CHINA'S BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE (BRI)
CHINA'S DOMESTIC POLITICS
CHINA'S FOREIGN RELATIONS
US DOMESTIC POLITICS
US FOREIGN POLICY
Politics and law
Ongoing shifts in political structures and international law impact major issues such as democracy, globalization, migration and citizenship.
BREXIT
DEMOCRACY AND POLITICAL PARTICIPATION
DEMOGRAPHICS AND POLITICS
DISINFORMATION
GENDER AND EQUALITY
HUMAN RIGHTS AND SECURITY
INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE
REFUGEES AND MIGRATION
US DOMESTIC POLITICS
Society
Contemporary society is characterised by hugely increased human interconnection across the world with the pace of change unprecedented in history.
BREXIT
CIRCULAR ECONOMY
CIVIL SOCIETY
DIGITAL AND SOCIAL MEDIA
DISINFORMATION
DRUGS AND ORGANIZED CRIME
FUTURE OF WORK
GENDER AND EQUALITY
HUMAN RIGHTS AND SECURITY
RADICALIZATION
REFUGEES AND MIGRATION
Technology
The rapid evolution of technology brings societies closer to finding solutions for complex policy challenges. But it can be disruptive to legal frameworks.
CYBER SECURITY
DATA GOVERNANCE AND SECURITY
DIGITAL AND SOCIAL MEDIA
DISINFORMATION
FUTURE OF WORK
RADICALIZATION
TECHNOLOGY GOVERNANCE
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