Forty years ago, many observers hoped that the famous ‘Brandt Report’ would kick-start a different approach to global policymaking, one based on the ideas of multilateralism and humanitarianism and the obsolescence of divisions such as ‘North’ and ‘South’. While much has been achieved since then, the rise of national populism now severely questions the international multilateral order. The Brandt School used the 40th anniversary of the Brandt Report as an occasion to rethink the implications of these new challenges for policy making on all levels, i.e., local, national, and global, and to discuss if and how new modes of policymaking can address them.
We have invited our uniquely international alumni body to submit contributions with insights from their practical experience or ongoing research projects to contribute and address some of these issues. As a result, fifteen authors from nine countries have written and collaborated for the preparation of a final volume that is, in many ways, a testament to the Brandt School’s internationality. We present you “Populism and a New Age of International Fragility: Seeking Policy Innovations 40 Years After the Brandt Report.
On the 29th of October, the publication will be discussed online by some of the authors. A big conference is planned to be held in June 2021.