The COVID-19 pandemic is the latest in a series of global issues that have highlighted the importance of international cooperation.

In a complex, globally connected world, effective action rests on relationships and networks that have been built over time on strong foundations of mutual trust, respect and understanding. 

The UK’s recent Integrated Review has underlined the central role of values in guiding a nation’s foreign policy, and in the increased importance of upholding the values of open societies in a more contested and complex world.  

Drawing on the experience of the international cultural relations sector, this new research conducted by LSE Enterprise and British Council teams in Malaysia, South Africa and the UK provides useful new insights into values and attitudes towards international cooperation and the fundamental role values play in creating the conditions for cooperation on shared global challenges.