GGF 2027 took place over the course of 2016 and 2017. The 25 fellows – five each from China, Germany, India, Japan, and the United States – formed three working groups focusing on data governance, global health, and transnational terrorism. The fellows met in four dialogue sessions, where they challenged each other, exchanged ideas with experts and policymakers, and developed scenarios of the future of global governance.
The fourth round of the Global Governance Futures program (GGF) kicked off at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, on May 8 to 12, 2016. The 25 fellows of GGF 2027 learned about the GGF scenario planning methodology and divided into three working groups, which had their first discussions.
Fellow Shireen Santosham discussed the crucial factors that influence data governance. The fellows presented their respective country’s understanding of global governance and international order. The fellows’ discussions about sovereignty, security, conflict and geopolitics were moderated by the GGF team at GPPi.
The working group on global health laid the groundwork for its construction of future scenarios. The working groups collected and rated factors that they believe will play important roles in the areas of global health, transnational terrorism and data governance over the next decade.
A number of high-profile speakers met with the GGF 2027 fellows in Washington. Colin H. Kahl, deputy national security advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, discussed the Obama administration’s foreign policy.
After a series of intense discussions, the fellows had the chance to explore the historic U Street Corridor in Washington. During an evening reception, the fellows met the alumni of the Robert Bosch Fellowship Program and the GGF program.
Conversations continued to flow over dinner and into the evening. On the final night in Washington, the fellows enjoyed a farewell dinner at Lupo Verde with GGF program partners from the Brookings Institution.
In late September 2016, GGF 2027 fellows reconvened in Tokyo to construct future scenarios in the areas of data governance, global health and transnational terrorism. The working groups revisited key takeaways from the Washington, DC session and received valuable input from Japanese experts. The fellows then travelled to Beijing to transform abstract scenario frameworks into full-fledged projections.
Fellow Shoko Yoshihara reexamined some of the key factors and projections developed during the Washington, DC session. The fellows from all three working groups also used the opportunity to exchange expertise and feedback on their respective scenario work.
GGF 2025 alumnus Taejun Shin stopped by for lunch at the Tokyo Foundation. Taejun shared his inspiring experiences with the fellows and answered questions about the innovative business model of his private equity company, Gojo & Company.
Japanese hot pot in the heart of Tokyo helped take the edge off the fellows’ hard work. Evening discussions reflected on the creative scenarios being developed by the working groups and looked ahead to Beijing, where the fellows traveled the next day.
In Beijing, the fellows continued their collaborative work at Tsinghua University’s School of Public Policy and Management. They are pictured here distilling their ideas into coherent depictions of the future.
Stepping outside of their working group topics, the fellows engaged with Zhang Haibin, professor at the School of International Studies at Peking University, who gave a public lecture on global climate governance. The discussion that followed touched upon China’s ratification of the Paris climate agreement and the joint US-China statement on global warming.
Food was an essential part of the bonding experience. Other than learning how to construct future scenarios, the fellows left Beijing with an additional skill to show off: making Peking duck wraps.
The GGF 2027 fellows met in New Delhi for their third dialogue session, which took place from January 14 to 19, 2017. Building on their work in Washington, DC, Tokyo and Beijing, the fellows worked on finalizing their scenarios for 2027 and looked at what this means for policy implications today. The New Delhi session was organized in cooperation with the Ashoka University, Centre for Policy Research and the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
GGF 2027 fellow Sarah Markiewicz reviews a list of actors prepared by the transnational terrorist working group. The group analyzed potential key opportunities and threats facing the actors they identified in the coming decade. All three working groups drew up a list of actor-specific opportunities and threats for their scenarios.
Fellows from the data governance working group review and finalize key indicators for their scenarios ahead of a meeting with experts.
A number of Delhi-based speakers and experts met with the GGF 2027 fellows. C. Raja Mohan (center), the director of Carnegie India, discussed what the next US president needs to know about a rising India. Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, a senior associate at the Rhodium Group, and Sunaina Kumar, a Delhi-based independent journalist, also spoke on the topic.
The fellows led a number of panel discussions on foreign and domestic policies of their respective countries of origin. The Indian fellows (above) expressed diverging opinions on the role of the caste system in modern-day India. They also discussed India’s role as a regional power, the role of local non-governmental organizations and civil society as well as trade and security priorities of the country.
The fellows also took time to explore New Delhi. The Indian fellows gave a tour of the India Gate and the Rashtrapati Bhavan (pictured), before ending the third GGF 2027 session over a delicious Parsi dinner.
The final leg of the GGF 2027 round took place in Berlin from June 11-15, 2017, and was followed by the second GGF alumni reunion on June 16 and17. The GGF 2027 Berlin session was hosted at the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s Berlin Representative Office, while the Hertie School of Governance hosted the GGF alumni reunion.
The hard work of the fellows culminated in three working group reports on the future of transnational terrorism, global health and pandemics, and data governance. During the fourth and final session of GGF 2027, all three working groups had an opportunity to meet with experts to receive feedback on their reports and discuss ways of introducing the results of their projections to policymakers.
After these expert debriefings, the fellows launched their reports by presenting their main findings through public presentations. During the presentations, the fellows engaged with the panelists and addressed some crucial questions arising from their scenarios.
With regard to Germany’s increasing importance in global affairs, the fellows had many questions about how German society perceives itself as well as the main issues currently being discussed in the public domain. Three panel discussions attempted to tackle these questions. One panel with Daniel Gyamerah (Citizens for Europe), Sergey Lagodinsky (Heinrich Böll Stiftung), and Thao Wiesner (Löning – Human Rights & Responsible Business) focused on German identity politics, while Thomas Bagger (German Federal Foreign Office) gave the fellows more insight on the current foreign affairs priorities of the German government. During the alumni reunion, Joachim Bertele (German Chancellery) joined the group for a discussion on Germany and the global order.
During the alumni reunion, 25 alumni from all over the world joined the fellows in Berlin, thus strengthening ties between current program participants and alumni. Fellows presented the results of the GGF alumni network analysis and participated in self-organized activities to deepen the network.
On the final day of the alumni reunion, the fellows were joined by Soli Özel (Kadir Has University) and Fyodor Lukyanov (Russia in Global Affairs) who discussed the idea of a post-western order. The discussion was moderated by Wolfgang Reinicke (Global Public Policy Institute).
Beside the official program, the alumni, fellows, and the GGF team had many other opportunities to make the session memorable. Here, the GGF 2027 fellows and alumni are pictured enjoying a boat tour along Berlin’s Spree River where they took in the city’s major landmarks and government buildings.
The GGF 2027 fellows and the program team also competed in a 5k relay race in Berlin’s Tiergarten park.