Senior Fellow and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program
Multilateral cooperation, international institutions and global governance; United Nations; weak and failing states; foreign assistance and post-conflict reconstruction; transnational threats; U.S. foreign policy; diplomatic history.
Stewart Patrick contends that assumptions about the threats posed by failing states--or "weak links"--are based on anecdotal arguments and challenges the conventional wisdom through systematic empirical analysis.
The eurozone fiscal crisis has led many EU members to discount the benefits of European integration, but the bloc is likely to muddle along and focus on inward relations while bonds with Washington weaken, says CFR's Stewart Patrick.
The UN's sixty-fifth General Assembly opens this week amid rumblings about the UN's relevance. But CFR's Stewart Patrick says that while there are many international venues for multilateral cooperation, UN efforts on the part of refugees, development, and other issues remain essential.
In this Washington Quarterly report Stewart Patrick looks at the U.S. defense strategy of strengthening the sovereign capacities of weak states to combat internal threats of terrorism, insurgency, and organized crime.
Today's global architecture should reflect contemporary power realities that have developed since the fall of the Berlin Wall, writes Stewart Patrick. Instead, the world must make do with creaky bodies like the G8, United Nations, IMF and NATO, whose agendas, capabilities and governance structures reflect a world that no longer exists.
Stewart Patrick addresses the difficult question of whether or not the UN should intervene in Myanmar and do something about the “callous indifference” that the ruling junta is showing towards its people.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: South Korean President Park visits the United States; Pakistan holds its general election; and French president Francois Hollande and Russian president Vladimir Putin mark one-year anniversaries in office.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: India takes over the UN Security Council's presidency; the UN Security Council debates women, peace and security; and parliamentary elections take place in Ukraine.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: the U.S. vows to hunt down the perpetrators of the Benghazi attack; the UN General Assembly opens; pressure mounts on Iran; and the UN Human Rights Council meets in Geneva.
On Conversations With History, Patrick discusses the criteria for defining fragile states and for creating benchmarks for evaluating whether they pose national security threats with reference to terrorism proliferation, criminal activity, energy insecurity and infectious disease. He argues that in most cases the links are tenuous and the focus on one category obscures the challenges these states actually pose for the U.S. and the community of nations. He proposes that the United States focus on an early warning system that anticipates problem areas, identify local environments that shape harmful outcomes, engage in multilateral solutions, and de-emphasize the over reliance on military solutions.
Stewart Patrick challenges the assumption in U.S. foreign policy that weak and failing states are universally threatening to global stability, and argues that the danger is more nuanced and contingent on many factors.
Weak Links Fragile States, Global Threats, and International Security
Global Governance Monitor
The Global Governance Monitor tracks, maps, and evaluates multilateral efforts to address today's global challenges, including armed conflict, public health, climate change, ocean governance, financial coordination, nuclear proliferation, and terrorism.