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Nexus25 - Shaping Multilateralism

2021 - current

Nexus25 - Shaping Multilateralism is a project carried out by IAI (Istituto Affari Internazionali) in partnership with The Center for Climate and Security in Washington DC, a part of the Council on Strategic Risks and is funded by Stiftung Mercator. Nexus25 is currently in the second phase of the project, after the first part was carried out in collaboration by IAI and the United Nations Foundation. For any information or updates on project content, objectives and events, go to:

The project "aims to provide impulses for a sustainable multilateralism and to contribute to the renewal of outdated multilateral structures.
Based on two case studies of complex crisis scenarios, namely, the Sahel and wider Mediterranean and South Asia, and with a particular thematic focus on the nexus between climate, migration, governance and sustainable security, it aims to contribute to a better understanding of the nature – and thus collective action needs – of complex crises. In particular, the project seeks to find out: Where exactly is the need for collective action in complex crises? How can networked multilateralism be conceived to address these challenges in collaboration with different actors (governments, civil society, academia, and the private sector)? How can isolated approaches to policy development and implementation be overcome to provide appropriate responses to multidimensional and interconnected challenges? In reflecting on these broader questions, the project will pay particular attention to the ways in which a renewed transatlantic partnership can strengthen overall multilateral governance of complex crises.

In order to achieve these results, a series of research and policy papers on the complex crisis scenarios have been produced throughout the course of the project. The publications are being fed into and enriched by several rounds of discussions among institutional and non-institutional stakeholders from the relevant policy and research communities spanning the areas of security and foreign policy, diplomacy, sustainable development, climate and migration. Through dissemination activities and public events, the project also aims to reach out to a wider range of stakeholders.

The research team involved in the Nexus25 project consists of Margherita Bianchi, Head of the "Energy, Climate & Resources Programme" at IAI; Luca Cinciripini, Research Fellow at IAI; Asli Selin Okyay, Senior Research Fellow at IAI; Michael Werz, Scientific Advisor at IAI and Senior Fellow at Center for American Progress; and Thin Lei Win, food security correspondent and founder of Thin Ink.


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