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GR: EEN is ‘a Framework 7 integrated research project that focuses on the challenges faced by the EU in establishing and enhancing its abilities to operate successfully as an actor in a multi-polar world.’ GR:EEN will study the current and future role of the EU through a programme of stock-taking, multi-disciplinary research and complementary activities. It aims at a better understanding of the prospective directions of the emerging global governance structures and Europe’s place in them. Analysis will focus on the extant actors from the 20th century, the 21st century rising powers, the increasingly influential non-state actors (from both civil and non-civil society) and the new transnational regulatory networks of public and private policy makers and regional agencies.

The project will have five components:

- Conceptual analyses of an emerging multi-polar world and the theory and practice of international organisation and networks in that world;

- Evolving EU policy and practice;

- The effects of regional leadership from Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas;

- Projects on the EU and multi-polarity within the fields of human rights and security, energy, resources and environment, trade and finance;

- A foresight study detailing scenarios for EU policy towards the emerging world order;

The research will be theoretical, policy-oriented and interactive in the dissemination strategy to assure feedback from its target-publics. The work will be undertaken by a consortium of partners from Belgium, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands Norway, Spain and United Kingdom, accompanied by leading institutes from Argentina, Australia, Japan, China, Singapore, South Africa and USA that will act as hub-and-spokes for their regions.’

The universities and think tanks involved in GR: EEN are:

- University of Warwick (United Kingdom)

- Universiteit van Amsterdam (Netherlands )

- Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)

- Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)

- Central European University (Hungary)

- FRIDE (Spain)

- ISPI (Italy)

- NUPI (Norway)

- United Nations University (Belgium)

- Boston University (United States)

- University of Cape Town (South Africa)

- FLACSO (Argentina)

- Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

- Peking University (China)

- University of Western Australia (Australia)

- Waseda University (Japan)