Global, regional and bilateral

G20 leaders group photo during the summit held in Hamburg Germany 2017. Photo: Creative Commons

The Centre for Global Cooperation Research (Duisburg, Germany) appointed Dr Larry Crump as a Senior Fellow in 2016 - 2017 based on a proposal entitled: Global Governance Revisited via Three Levels of Analysis: Global, Regional and Bilateral.

The global focus of this fellowship was on the G20 and included a paper and presentation (May 2016) before the German Development Institute (a whole-owned think tank of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development) entitled: Global Summit Pre-negotiation: The Case of the G20 Australian Presidency, which was based on field research in Canberra on the 2014 Australian G20 Presidency (with Christian Downie). This research program was particularly relevant at that moment, as Germany served as the 2017 G20 President.

The German Development Institute served as co-chair of the Think20 (T20) engagement group and invited Larry to contribute to their blog on G20 Engagement and the Foreign Office, which was released just prior to the G20 Foreign Affairs Ministers meeting in Bonn (February 2017).

The regional focus of this fellowship was aimed at the factors that support and inhibit policy coordination in regional associations. Larry conducted 71 field interviews in eight countries over a four-month period involving the Pacific Alliance (Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru) and the Union for the Mediterranean (43 countries in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East). This field work was supported by a research grant from the Centre for Global Cooperation Research.

A conference paper entitled: National resilience through a regional alignment: The case of the Pacific Alliance grew out of this research program, which will be presented at the 25th World Congress of Political Science in Brisbane (July 2018). A paper on intractable conflict, confidence building and regional associations will also grow out of this research program.

The bilateral focus of this fellowship was on developing a theoretical framework that can help explain closure (the end game) in bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations. The study examined five FTAs including: the Australia-Singapore FTA of 2003, the United States-Singapore FTA of 2003, the Chile-United States FTA of 2003, the Australia-United States FTA of 2004, and the Korea-Australia FTA of 2014.

This paper was published in the 2017 Global Cooperation Research Paper series and entitled: Cooperation and Closure in Bilateral Trade Negotiations as a work-in-progress and is expected to be a chapter within an edited book entitled Closure: How Negotiations End (edited by I William Zartman).

Policy and governance research projects