14 September 2021

Ad hoc crisis responses: a curse for international organisations?

It's a widely accepted notion: international organisations, such as the European Union and the World Health Organization (WHO), are created to solve collective issues. But when urgent crisis situations arise, such as the coronavirus outbreak or an imminent security issue, member states often choose not to work together on these issues inside the framework of these organisations. Instead, groups of countries tend to unite outside the framework of international organisations to provide ad hoc responses to these crises.

Together with an international research team, Yf Reykers, Assistant Professor in International Relations at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, will study the impact that these ad hoc crisis responses have on international organisations. For this four-year project, led by John Karlsrud (NUPI, Norway), the team has received a 1.2 million euro grant from the Norwegian Research Council.