Secretariats of international organisations have long favoured staff from developed, Western countries. Rising powers are trying to change this, though with mixed success, they are now looking at other ways to achieve their goals, write Michal Parízek and Matthew Stephen
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership is only the latest of many new multilateral institutions created by China. An alternative to the American-led liberal international order looks increasingly viable, suggests Matthew Stephen
Senior Researcher in the Global Governance Department at WZB Berlin Social Science Center
Matthew's research focuses on international power shifts, international institutions, and the politics of legitimacy.
He has published articles in leading journals such as the European Journal of International Relations, International Studies Review, and International Studies Quarterly.
Matthew was awarded a doctoral degree summa cum laude from the Free University Berlin in 2013 and has held visiting positions at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), the Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, and the University of Sydney.