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These briefs are a feature of the Council of Councils initiative, gathering opinions from global experts on major international developments. For older versions, visit the Global Roundups archive.

Slouching Toward Ankara: The EU-Turkey Migration Deal

Apr 29, 2016

The effectiveness of the EU-Turkey deal hinges on its implementation and leaves Greece to overcome a “Herculean task.” Silvia Colombo, Senior Fellow at the Institute of International Affairs, outlines the moral and practical challenges of this deal. 

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UNGASS 2016: Time for a New Paradigm in Drugs

Apr 12, 2016

Many believe the war on drugs has failed. At the upcoming United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem, prohibitionist supporters will be confronted by a highly motivated block of Latin American states advocating for regulation and harm reduction strategies. Dr. Jorge Chabot, associate at the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations, says if the global drug regime doesn’t abandon prohibition, it just may fall apart. 

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The 2016 Washington Summit: Time to Open the Next Chapter in Nuclear Security

Feb 24, 2016

Although much progress has been made to reduce the threat of terrorists obtaining nuclear weapons since the start of the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) process in 2010, implementation has recently slowed. Artur Kacprzyk of the Polish Institute of International Affairs assesses the progress of the NSS thus far and makes recommendations for the future. 

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The G20’s Challenges and China’s Leadership Opportunities for the 2016 Summit

Jan 28, 2016

As the world slowly emerges from the 2008 financial crisis, the Group of Twenty (G20) must now shift its attention towards long-term economic governance. In this Global Memo, Chen Dongxiao, president of the Shanghai Institute for International Studies, analyzes the challenges facing the G20 and outlines opportunities for China to lead during its presidency. 

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Seven Big Summits to Watch in 2016

Dec 29, 2015

Stewart M. Patrick, senior fellow and director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations, previews seven summits to watch in 2016.

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Prospects for Climate Success in Paris

Nov 4, 2015

This December, countries will gather in Paris to hammer out a global agreement to limit climate change at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties. The most pressing question is whether Paris can agree a credible mechanism to deliver an early, material increase in ambition that keeps the two degrees Celsius goal alive, writes Chatham House's Rob Baily.

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The New EU Approach to Relocation of Refugees: Can it work, is it just?

Oct 6, 2015

The recent wave of refugees from a troubled Middle East, South Asia, and Africa has exposed weaknesses in the existing EU approach to dealing with asylum seekers. Daniel Gros and Sergio Carrera of the Center for European Policy Studies assess the EU's approach to the recent refugee crisis, arguing that profound changes are needed at the legal level and on the ground.

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Toward More Fair and Effective Peacekeeping

Sep 9, 2015

The seventieth General Assembly will be a critical opportunity for member states to review the progress and consider the remaining challenges of UN peace operations in the past decade, writes Marcos Tourinho of the Getulio Vargas Foundation in this preview of the upcoming UN Peacekeeping Summit. 

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Russia and the BRICS: Priorities of the Presidency

Jul 7, 2015

On July 8–9, Russia will host the heads of Brazil, India, China, and South Africa at the seventh BRICS summit, in Ufa. In this preview of the summit, Sergey Kulik of the Russian Institute of Contemporary Development argues that the BRICS bloc intends to become an influential actor in global governance and lays out the top five priorities Russia is pursuing during its presidency of the BRICS.

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