The research project GR:EEN – Global Re-ordering: Evolution through European Networks – is a European Union (EU) funded project under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) that started in 2011. It aims to study the present and future role of the EU in an emerging multipolar world through a programme of stock-taking, multidisciplinary research. Emphasis is placed on the variety of actors, from the 20th century’s resilient actors to the rising powers of the 21th, the increasingly influential non-state actors and the new transnational regulatory networks created by public and private policy-makers and regional agencies.
The research programme consists of five main components. At the preliminary stage, a theoretical and conceptual background will be developed through an integrated analysis of the theory and practice of international organisations and networks in the emerging multipolar world. Secondly, a study of the evolving EU policy and practice will be undertaken. Thirdly, the effects of regional leadership in Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas will be considered. Fourthly, attention will be given to the EU and multipolarity in four issue areas, namely human rights and security, energy, resources and environment, and trade and finance. Finally, a foresight exercise will detail scenarios for EU policy towards the emerging world order.
GR:EEN is composed by a consortium of sixteen partners. The project is coordinated by the University of Warwick (UK) and involves UNU-CRIS (Belgium), Universiteit van Amsterdam (Netherlands), Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), Copenhagen Business School (Denmark), Central European University (Hungary), Fundación para les Relaciones Internacionales (Spain), Instituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (Italy), Norsk Utenrikspolitisk Institutt (Norway), Boston University (USA), University of Cape Town (South Africa) Facultad Latinamericana de Ciencias Sociales (Argentina), Rajaratnam School of International Studies (Singapore), Peking University (China), University of Western Australia (Australia), and Waseda University (Japan).