The 171st Bergedorf Round Table

Defending Multilateralism: What It Takes to Uphold the Rules-Based International System

Hamburg, 20 - 22 June 2019

The rules-based international order is under increasing pressure. Nationalism, protectionism and escalating great-power rivalries threaten to shake the multilateral system to its core. At the same time, the global community is faced with a multitude of urgent challenges, including migration, climate change, digital disruption and the danger of rearmament, all of which can only be dealt with concertedly.

The 171st Bergedorf Round Table seeks to explore the question of what it takes to strengthen and adapt the rules-based international system. What interests and goals do different actors associate with the concept of “multilateralism”? Is there a risk of a conceptual overstretch of the term? How can the objective to strengthen multilateral structures be implemented and translated into policies? Will it be possible to adapt the current international system to the global power balance of the 21st century, given the often opposing views of established and rising powers?

During the 171st Bergedorf Round Table in Hamburg, a group of 35 high-ranking politicians, government officials, and representatives from think tanks, academia and the media will discuss these and further questions.