The Center on Global Orders and China

The Center on Global Orders and China (CORD) is built around a core of expertise on issues of international relations (IR) and international political economy (IPE) pertaining to China’s strengthened role in international affairs. Its aim is to be one of the leading research centers on IR/IPE and China in Northern Europe. CORD conducts in-depth academic research and provides policy-relevant expertise on how China’s expanding international role impacts issues of global order in multiple policy arenas, from global economic governance to global security. The Center also studies the domestic drivers of China’s foreign policy.

The Center works in conjunction with the Global Security and Governance research programme at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs.

CORD is composed of a core research team of scholars with a strong research background in China and East Asia. All scholars in the core research team are proficient in at least one major East Asian language. In addition to the core team, CORD receives visiting senior international scholars with an accomplished research and publication track record.

Our analysis is based on academically solid, interdisciplinary research. It is policy-relevant but grounded in rigorous critical research.

Examples of current CORD research topics:

  • China’s economic statecraft

  • Connectivity in the Indo-Pacific region

  • Chinese investments in the Nordic countries and their impact on security of supply

  • The changing nature of authoritarian systems

  • The ideational underpinnings of China’s foreign policy

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Latest publications

Kallio, Jyrki (2023). Multilateralism with Chinese characteristics. In Jokela, Juha; Creutz, Katja; Saul, Alana ed(s): Multilateral cooperation in an era of strategic competition : Options for influence for Finland and the European Union. Helsinki: Prime Minister's Office. 64-74.