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Renewing the Centre

International Relations

Progressive globalisation is not a national project: it requires cooperation, coordination and sustained goodwill across the Atlantic and around the world. In recent years, however, transatlantic relations have come under unprecedented strain, and a broader decline in cooperation between liberal states has coincided with wider shifts in global power and prestige. Our work takes in both domestic challenges and foreign policy, to understand how liberal states can work together to contain the populist threat and improve the liberal democratic order.

A significant part of our work focuses on transatlantic relations: for most European powers, the most important bilateral relationship is with the United States, and the United States’ closest allies remain its European partners in NATO. But the current strain on relations is hard for European leaders to understand and respond to. We are bringing together views on European security, regional policies and thematic challenges like climate change to narrow and bridge longer-term differences.

Beyond this, we are concerned with the relations between liberal states and their less liberal neighbours. A decline in cooperation between liberal states has coincided with wider shifts in global power and prestige, in particular the rise of China and a more activist Russia. We are developing new frameworks to build wider and more inventive coalitions that can take up the mantle of championing progressive globalisation in a multipolar world.

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