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Roundtable: Pressing Issues for the Transatlantic Partners as a Result of the Ukraine Crisis August 01, 2014 / Berlin, Germany

While participants appeared appreciative of the new US and European sanction regime towards Russia, they also acknowledged that many questions remain open such as the odds of finding a political solution, how to cooperate with the oligarchs and Ukrainian civil society on stabilizing and transforming Ukraine and how far the western governments would be willing to go in order to avoid a military option.

BUILD: Bilbao Urban Innovation Leadership Dialogues July 30, 2014

This video wraps up the conference with interviews from participants explaining why they found BUILD an engaging, useful, informative experience. #GMFBUILD

BUILD: Creative Leadership Underpins Urban Development July 25, 2014

In this video, participants from GMF's and Bilbao International's first BUILD discuss themes related to leadership and urban transformation.

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.