During the past decade global multilateral institutions have increasingly struggled to address common challenges effectively. Increasing multipolarity and unilateral actions have hampered consensus-building and decision-making in formal and treaty-based organizations such as the UN and WTO. Informal forums and a multitude of regional arrangements have grown in importance in generating joint action.
The return of full-scale war in Europe speaks volumes of the failure of multilateral institutions to address security matters. Russia’s illegal, unprovoked and brutal military action has led to significant Western economic and political sanctions, as well as suspending Russia’s membership in some multilateral institutions. The views and responses beyond the West vary, however. What is the current state of formal multilateral institutions after Russia’s invasion? To what extent can Russia be isolated from key institutions? Can informal multilateral forums provide answers to global challenges augmented by the war?
Mika Aaltola, Director, FIIA
Richard Gowan, UN Director, International Crisis Group
Barbara Kunz, Senior Researcher, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFHS)
Rory Medcalf, Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University
Sini Paukkunen-Mykkänen, Director of the Unit for Policy Planning and Research, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Ryhor Nizhnikau, Senior Research Fellow, FIIA.
Juha Jokela, Programme Director, FIIA