Global Governance Futures – Robert Bosch Foundation Multilateral Dialogues
Building on previous rounds of the program (GGF 2020, 2022 and 2025), the current GGF 2027 assembles 25 fellows from China, Germany, India, Japan and the United States (five from each country) to form three working groups that focus on data governance, global health and transnational terrorism, respectively.
Over the course of 2016 and 2017, the fellows will meet in four dialogue sessions that take place in the five participating countries. They will collaborate and engage in challenging discussions within and across their working groups, meet with leading experts and policymakers in each host country, receive training in the GGF scenario planning methodology and produce scenario reports with policy suggestions for effective and accountable governance.
The GGF fellows will disseminate the results of their working group sessions through reports, op-eds in major publications, journal articles and high-profile presentations.
- Data Governance
- Global Health
- Transnational Terrorism
The first of the four dialogue sessions (five to eight days each) took place in Washington, DC (May 2016). Further sessions will be held in Tokyo and Beijing (September 2016), New Delhi (January 2017) and Berlin (June 2017). The GGF program is jointly implemented by the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), the Hertie School of Governance, the Tokyo Foundation, Keio University, Tsinghua University, Fudan University, the Centre for Policy Research, Ashoka University, the Brookings Institution and Princeton University.
Interview with GGF 2027 Fellow Yuan Ma: "Democratization is not an All-Use-Medicine"
Interview with GGF 2027 Fellow Sulzhan Bali: "Diseases Do Not Know National Borders"
Dialogue Session in Tokyo and Beijing
After a successful first dialogue session in Washington, DC the GGF 2027 fellows reconvened in Tokyo for the second session hosted by the Tokyo Foundation. The fellows reviewed the results of the Washington session and gave each other feedback on their respective topics. The working groups then started to develop and conceptualize the scenarios in the areas of data governance, global health and transnational terrorism and got further input from local experts.
One of the highlights in Tokyo was the working lunch with Taejun Shin, GGF 2025 Alumnus, who was recently chosen as one of the 20 best young CEOs by the Harvard Business Review Japan Edition. Taejun shared his inspiring experiences as social entrepreneur with the fellows.
After the first part of the session in Tokyo the fellows travelled to Beijing, where they continued their work on the scenarios at Tsinghua University. First ideas on how the scenarios should look like were developed. The working group sessions were again complemented by many other additional encounters and discussions such as the exchange on "Global Climate Governance" with Zhang Haibin, professor at Peking University.
Dialogue Session in Washington, DC
From May 8 to 12, 2016, the 25 fellows from Germany, USA, China, Japan and India met for their first “Dialogue Session” in Washington, DC, at the Brookings Institution. After receiving an introduction to the GGF scenario planning method, they divided into three working groups and had their first discussions with various experts and public figures.
The session’s highlights included the discussion with Colin H. Kahl, deputy national security advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, on the Obama administration’s foreign policy, and the debate between a leading Republican and a Democrat about the US election campaign. The GGF 2027 fellows also had the opportunity to meet alumni of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program as well as previous GGF rounds.
The topics the fellows dealt with were:
- Internet Governance
- Arms Control