The Center for Global Cooperation (cgc) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improve cooperation at a global scale by providing information and analysis.
The cgc-approach: Information for a fast changing world
In a fast changing world actors face uncertainty all over. In times of uncertainty information is needed as much as reflection. cgc provides a platform in order to facilitate the exchange of information as well as the reflection about world politics, its underlying structure, its main security risk and its driving force of change.
The cgc-website: critical information at a glance
The cgc offers a quick overview about available information on the internet. Its aim is to provide orientation and to instantiate future debates where necessary. The main component on this website is a collection of links to actors, documents and background information available on the internet. The link-lists are supplemented by short cgc-commentaries highlighting recent developments.
The cgc-analysis: globalisation – terrorism – transatlantic relations
Globalisation is the underlying structure of global politics in the 21st century. It is a source of constant change and challenges traditional patterns of behaviour. Technological innovation empowers people to transcend the framework of the nation-state and facilitates transnational activity – economical, political and cultural activity. The fact that non-state actors gain autonomy vis-à-vis nation-states leads to an increasing diffusion of power. Cooperation is all the time more needed between states, but also between the public and the private sphere.
Terrorism has become one of the main security risks for western nation-states and their societies. The attacks on September 11, 2001 were only the most extreme event of a broader trend, which can be called the comeback of terrorism. However, terrorism is not just back, it has become more deadly than ever before. Terrorism can be called the dark side of globalisation. It’s proponents make use of the benefits that globalisation offers and are able to cause tremendous impact because of the vulnerability of western societies.
It is important that the transatlantic community makes use of its potential for change of the existing world order. Constituted by a set of common values, high economic interdependency and common political institutions only the transatlantic community is based on a broad political and societal underpinning. It can serve as the foundation to address the major security challenges and to shape globalisation. Yet, it has to show that it can tackle the risk of terrorism by promoting the values of freedom and democracy.