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Challenges to the Liberal Order: Reflections on International Organization

75 th anniversary issue of the journal International Organization edited by David A. Lake (University of California, San Diego), Lisa Martin (University of Wisconsin, Madison), and Thomas Risse (SCRIPTS) The liberal international order (LIO) is under challenge, perhaps as never before. The articles in special issue explore the nature of these challenges by examining how the “Westphalian” Order and the Liberal International Order have co-constituted one another over time; how both political and economic dynamics internal to the LIO threaten its core aspects; and the nature of external threats to the LIO. The special issue discusses central challenges to the LIO and reflects on the analytical lessons that we should learn, as the study of the LIO has sometimes overlooked or marginalized dynamics that now appear central to the functioning, and dysfunction, of the order itself. Among the topics covered in the special issue are the economic causes and consequences of the current backlash, the exclusionary foundations of embedded liberalism, race and racism in the LIO, the challenge of truth subversion to the LIO and the self-undermining features of the global information order. Authors examine struggles for recognition and status and its challenges to the LIO as well as the politicization of international cooperation and China’s rise and its consequences for the LIO. SCRIPTS co-directors Tanja Börzel and Michael Zürn contribute an article on the various contestations of the LIO from liberal multilateralism to postnational liberalism. The IO special issue is one of the first SCRIPTS publications, since SCRIPTS hosted the second authors’ workshop in June 2019 at Freie Universität Berlin.

Jan 15, 2021

Appointment of Steffen Mau to the Council of Experts on Integration and Migration (SVR)

Principal investigator and professor of macrosociology Prof. Dr. Steffen Mau has been appointed to the German Council of Experts on Integration and Migration (SVR). The Expert Council on Integration and Migration is an independent body of scientific policy advice for the German Federal Government. With its expert reports, the panel contributes to the decision-making process of all bodies responsible for integration and migration policy as well as the public. Please find below the press release (German).

Jan 14, 2021

"Islam does not contain a fundamental rejection of violence, but it does recognize the principle of reciprocity"

Principal investigator Prof. Dr. Gudrun Krämer in an interview with Gegneranalyse on the background to Islamism and Islamist terror. The interview is only available in German.

Jan 06, 2021

Research Assistant (Postdoc - m/f/d): Full-time Job (Limited to 1 year), 13 TV-L FU, Reference Code: SCRIPTS Afrika PostDoc

Application deadline: 01.02.2021 In African societies, as in all world regions, various concepts of order collide and different scripts compete with each other. The post-doc position will be based at the newly established W-3 professorship “Contemporary Politics and Societies in Africa” at the Otto Suhr Institute of Freie Universität Berlin. In their research and teaching, they will be exploring parallel and competing concepts of order and scripts in contemporary African societies on multiple scales (local, national, transnational), and related dynamics of social transformation and political authority. The Africa professorship and the associated academic positions will be closely linked to the Cluster of Excellence "Contestations of the Liberal Script" (SCRIPTS,  http://www.scripts-berlin.eu  ). The establishment of an Africa research area is an absolute priority for the cluster and also for the Department of Political and Social Sciences. An essential structural feature of the Cluster of Excellence SCRIPTS is the connection between comparative social sciences and regional studies, with special emphasis on translocal, transnational and transregional interdependencies. These and the central research questions relating to the status of the liberal model of order with a global claim suggest a worldwide area of investigation. It is the declared aim of the Cluster Initiative to investigate the challenge of the liberal script in all major world regions.

Dec 21, 2020

Marianne Braig Becomes Vice President of Freie Universität Berlin

Principal investigator and professor of political science at the Latin American Institute (LAI) Prof. Dr. Marianne Braig has been elected to the Executive Board of Freie Universität Berlin as the new Vice President for Research. She received 41 yes votes of the 47 cast at Wednesday's meeting of the university's Extended Academic Senate. The position had become vacant in the spring when the previous vice president, Prof. Dr. Klaus Mühlhahn, moved to Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen. The election of Professor Braig requires the appointment by the Berlin Senate Department for Science, which is responsible for universities.

Dec 15, 2020

Steffen Mau Receives Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation

Principal investigator Prof. Dr. Steffen Mau is one of the winners of this year's Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize, which is awarded for outstanding achievements in science. The award comes with prize money of 2.5 million euros. The honorees can use these funds for their research work according to their own ideas and without bureaucratic effort for up to seven years. The Leibniz Prizes 2021 will be awarded on March 15 in a virtual setting.

Dec 11, 2020

BGTS Call for Applications 2021

The 2021 Call for Applications for the PhD Programme at the Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies is now online.

Dec 01, 2020

What does the outcome of the U.S. elections mean for the Liberal Script?

The election of Joe Biden as the next president of the United States was a sharp contest between those who supported the liberal order and those who questioned basic values and rights.    The big question and challenge facing the incoming administration is whether the political polarization that characterized the campaign can be overcome. In this regard, we asked some experts to answer that question:

Nov 10, 2020

Daniel Drewski Receives the Dissertation Prize of the German Society for Sociology

At the 40th Congress of the German Sociological Association, Dr. Daniel Drewski received the award for the best dissertation for his 2019 thesis 'National and Regional Symbolic Boundaries among European Elites. A Qualitative Interview Study of the Higher Officials of the European Commission'.  A revised version is available from Routledge.

Sep 29, 2020

Preview: SCRIPTS @ Humboldt Lab

Together with 6 other research clusters, Scripts will inaugurate the newly created Humboldt Laboratory on December 12, 2020. In a joint, innovative exhibition concept, not only will the works of the individual projects be presented, but also connections will be shown and placed in an active dialogue with the visitor. Before the opening, the Tagesspiegel has already gained a first impression. The article is only available in German.

Sep 22, 2020