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Helsinki +40: Implications for the Transatlantic Relationship November 21, 2014 / Washington, DC

The German Marshall Fund hosted the second leg of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Helsinki +40 seminar series in Washington, DC, on November 18 and 19.

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In 8 Minutes or Less: Dino Patti Djalal speaks about energy challenges facing Indonesia November 21, 2014

GMF’s Sarah Halls spoke with Dino Patti Djalal, former deputy foreign minister of Indonesia, to discuss the most pressing energy challenges in Indonesia and the surrounding region today.

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In 8 Minutes or Less: Katherine Richardson Discusses Energy Security in Denmark November 20, 2014

GMF’s Sarah Halls met with Katherine Richardson, professor and leader of the Sustainability Science Centre at the University of Copenhagen to discuss energy security in Denmark.

Research & Analysis Archive

Global Swing States and the Human Rights and Democracy Order November 27, 2012 / Ted Piccone


The convergence of values and divergence of methods between the “global swing states” — Brazil, India, Indonesia, and Turkey — and the world’s established democracies are on particular display in the arena of democracy and human rights. To varying degrees, all four nations are prepared to play a role in supporting international mechanisms to strengthen human rights and democracy, but this is to be done on their own terms: through quiet diplomacy and mediation, using coercive methods only as a last resort. The challenge before Western democracies is to evaluate when to seek convergence with global swing states on international interventions to uphold human rights and when to yield to parallel efforts that may entail less control but greater acceptance and therefore greater effectiveness on the ground.