Colorful, international flags in front of the Kiel Institute.

Global Governance

Well-designed global governance mechanisms and institutions are needed to safeguard global commons and to provide public goods that deal with global challenges. These mechanisms need to be fit for a world that has become increasingly interdependent and in which new economic power centers have emerged. They also need to complement national, regional and local governance and respects domestic policy space in order to be effective and accepted. In this special area, we address major global challenges on the agenda of the G20, the G7 and other global governance fora. We propose policies to improve global economic governance by drawing on academic research while taking perspectives of other stakeholders from business, politics and society into account. In doing so, we collaborate with the Council for Global Problem-Solving, the Global Solutions Initiative and we work with the T20 engagement group for additional advocacy and dissemination of our recommendations.

Conferences and Workshops

We organizes conferences and workshops that support the Global Solutions Initiative. The annual high-level summit Global Solutions brings together leading decision-makers from academia, business, policy and civil society to tackle the world’s most pressing problems. The Global Economic Symposium in Kiel presents deep dives into specific issues on the G20 agenda. It provides a platform for academic exchange and an opportunity to reach out to the local community.

Publication Series

In two publication series, we provide research-based recommendations dealing with major G20 issues, targeted at policy-makers and other G20 stakeholders. G20 Insights is a collection of Policy Briefs, produced by Task Forces from the Think 20 Dialogue (T20) and other sources. Global Solutions Papers contain articles proposing concrete policy actions or ways to communicate policy approaches to the public, targeted at policy-makers and other participants in policy discussions. Global Solutions Papers go through a rigorous peer review process.

Think 20 Dialogue

During the German G20 presidency in 2017, we coordinated the T20 process together with the German Development Institute (DIE). The policy recommendations for the G20, produced by Task Forces from the Think 20 (T20) group, can be found at

Expert report

Geopolitical Aspects of Digital Trade

Data flows, artificial intelligence and international trade:impacts and prospects for the value chains of the future
Dennis Görlich, Niclas Frederic Poitiers

This in-depth analysis discusses issues in trade in digitally deliverable services and the geopolitics of digital trade policy....