I will study the trajectory, flaws and missed opportunities in the relations between the West and post-Soviet states where transition ended up in autocracy, and explore the role of the nature of power and its perception in the contemporary world within these relations.
I will work on scenarios on the future of multilateralism as well as on proposals for the retooling of the United Nations. In doing so, I will analyze the role of Germany as a key player and as leader of the global Alliance for Multilateralism.
I will seek to understand how German and European Foundations see their role in funding international development efforts, and reflect on ways to foster more collaboration between the philanthropic and social sectors in addressing today's global challenges.
Private organizations play an increasing role in the mediation of armed and protracted conflicts. I will look at the changing landscape in peacemaking focusing on European private actors, examine ethical challenges and develop a moral compass for mediators.
I will explore key geopolitical events in the past three decades and the role of various actors to identify when, how, and why major geopolitical shifts happened. I will look for clues to successes and failures, with a particular focus on the consequences for Europe.
I will try to understand how German society dealt with its troubled legacy of the Nazi years, and how it rebuilt a society on the foundations of fraternity and equal citizenship. In addition, I will examine the consequences of the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic for the poor.
I plan to reflect on two key points: on why activism is failing and what needs to change, and - together with Earth Artist Ólafur Elíasson - on how to bring the worlds of art and culture, and the world of activism together (artivism).
I will explore the post-pandemic collective emotions, shaping our social and political reality, in a global perspective. For this I will explore the public debate in Germany and beyond and look into the possible future scenarios.