Four network members got together with Professor Acharya for a workshop at St. Gallen University on April 19 to discuss recent work as well as new projects. Prof. Acharya holds the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance at the School of International Service, American University, and his expertise lies with global politics and Southeast Asia. While he shared his thoughts on our new approach to democracy promotion as negotiation as well as on two papers by network members to be published soon, we commented on his drafts for a book project on redefining agency in global order. Beyond our three-hour workshop, we also had the opportunity to exchange views on the current rise of right-wing populism in the US and Europe as well as the (non-)democratic trends around the globe over lunch. In the evening, we attended Prof. Acharya’s lecture on “The End of American World Order”, got a chance to explore St. Gallen a bit, and were able to meet and greet over dinner members of the university’s political science department, where Tina Freyburg is Professor of Comparative Politics.