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Stewart M. Patrick

Senior Fellow and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program

Expertise

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.

Programs

International Institutions and Global Governance: World Order in the 21st Century

Featured Publications

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Ask CFR Experts

Do stronger international institutions necessarily mean a weaker United States?

Asked by Aisling L
Author: Stewart M. Patrick

International institutions provide a platform for promoting, formalizing, and enforcing rules, norms, and regimes that regulate state behavior. As a leader in many of these fora, the United States is well positioned to promote its national interests through multilateral partnerships. Multilateral consensus is uniquely capable of legitimizing U.S. action and spreading burdens of leadership.

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Podcast

The World Next Week: August 22, 2013

A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: Trade officials debate the Trans-Pacific Partnership; Afghan president Hamid Karzai visits Pakistan; the UN Security Council reviews several missions; and the U.S. Open tennis tournament begins.

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The World Next Week: July 11, 2013

A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: Egypt faces turmoil during transition; the UN Security Council meets to discuss African conflicts and the protection of journalists worldwide; and North and South Korea resume Kaesong talks.

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Ask CFR Experts

Will the United States set up a NATO-like Pacific Treaty Organization in Asia? If so, how?

Asked by Felix Seidler, from Institute for Security Policy at the University of Kiel, Germany
Author: Stewart M. Patrick

Despite its strategic "rebalancing" toward Asia, the United States is unlikely to sponsor a collective defense organization for the Asia-Pacific, for at least three reasons: insufficient solidarity among diverse regional partners, fear of alienating China, and the perceived advantages of bilateral and ad-hoc security arrangements.

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Podcast

The World Next Week: May 2, 2013

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.

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Video

Mexico's Drug War

Interviewees: Shannon K. ONeil, Alejandro Hope, Stewart M. Patrick, and Laura Vargas

Despite its booming economy, Mexico continues to struggle with alarmingly high levels of violence linked to drugs and organized crime. This video primer examines the crisis and explores policy options for Mexico and the United States.

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Current Projects

The United States and the Future of Global Governance Roundtable Series

Director: Stewart M. Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program
September 15, 2008—Present

The United States and the Future of Global Governance roundtable series will focus on core global governance challenges and proposals for fundamental institutional reform. Topics will include overhaul of the UN Security Council; the reform and expansion of the G8; prospects for a global counterterrorism organization; the adaptation of U.S. sovereignty to a global age; the trade-offs between formal institutions and ad hoc coalitions; and the domestic and legislative preconditions for sustained U.S. multilateral engagement. This roundtable series is sponsored by CFR's Program on International Institutions and Global Governance and is supported by a generous grant from the Robina Foundation.

U.S.-UN Roundtable Series

Directors: Stewart M. Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program, and Micah Zenko, Douglas Dillon Fellow
January 1, 2011—Present

The U.S.-UN roundtable meeting series seeks to organize high-level discussions with senior United Nations officials, including officials from member states and regional organizations, on timely issues related to conflict prevention, peacekeeping, and international security. A core group of selected invitees from member state governments, the private sector, and nongovernmental communities participate in these discussions. The goal of these meetings is to raise awareness of the role of the United Nations in addressing critical issues of peace and security. This meeting series is cosponsored by CFR's Center for Preventive Action and the Program on International Institutions and Global Governance.

Making Multilateralism Work Workshop Series

Director: Stewart M. Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program
December 2010—Present

The United States has a fundamental stake in a more effective UN system--that is, improving the UN's many specialized agencies, departments, and programs. In the Making Multilateralism Work workshop series, the International Institutions and Global Governance (IIGG) program will engage U.S. and UN officials on practical steps to improve the UN system's performance in priority areas, including international peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance, and human rights. Each workshop will culminate in a meeting report and a briefing memo with recommendations for the U.S. government.

Rising Regionalism: Implications for International Order and U.S. Policy

Director: Stewart M. Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program
July 1, 2011—Present

Increasingly, regional and subregional organizations and initiatives complement--and compete with--global institutions in addressing shared threats and overcoming collective action problems. Yet the depth and performance of these institutions and arrangements varies hugely across regions and issue areas. Few have analyzed the risks and opportunities of these trends -- and how the United States can and should respond to them. To fill this gap, the IIGG program is organizing meetings on Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. Some of these events will occur in the United States, others in the respective regions.

Past Projects

Emerging Powers and International Institutions Meeting Series

Director: Stewart M. Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program
November 1, 2009—June 25, 2013

Prospects for effective multilateral cooperation on global and transnational problems in the twenty-first century reflect the distinct national interests and world order visions of the great powers. But the identity and number of the world's leading states is changing, creating new challenges and opportunities for global governance. The world order that ultimately results from this transition period will reflect bargaining and negotiations between established powers—including the United States, European Union, and Japan—and emerging ones—most notably China, India, and Brazil. To better understand the priorities of today's emerging powers, and their potential contribution to resolving global challenges, the International Institutions and Global Governance (IIGG) program of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) held meetings in Rio de Janeiro, Beijing, New Delhi and Berlin.

Recent Activity from The Internationalist

CFR Events

Academic Conference Call

Challenges of Global Governance

Speaker:

Stewart M. Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program, Council on Foreign Relations
September 26, 2013 12:00-1:00 p.m.

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Symposium

Government Efforts to Promote Conservation and Sustainability: Are They Working?

Speakers:

Stewart M. Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director, Program on International Institutions and Global Governance, Council on Foreign Relations, Tebelelo Seretse, Ambassador of the Republic of Botswana to the United States, Katherine Sierra, Senior Fellow for Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution; former Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank

Presider:

Richard Harris, Science Correspondent, National Public Radio
March 20, 2013 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

This meeting is on the record.

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General Meeting ⁄ New York

The G20: Prospects and Challenges for Global Governance

Panelists:

Nicolas Berggruen, Chairman, Berggruen Institute on Governance; Coauthor, Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century: A Middle Way between West and East, Ian Bremmer, President, Eurasia Group, Stewart M. Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director, International Institutions and Global Governance Program, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider:

Anne-Marie Slaughter, Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
February 12, 2013 12:00-12:30 p.m. - Lunch
12:30-1:30 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

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Roundtable Meeting

Why Women Matter in Peacebuilding

Speakers:

Michelle Bachelet, Undersecretary General and Executive Director, UN Women, Carla Koppell, Senior Coordinator, Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment, USAID, Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, Standby Team of Senior Mediation Advisers, United Nations (2011-2012) and Cofounder, International Civil Society Action Network, Rosa Brooks, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, and Former Special Coordinator for Rule of Law and Humanitarian Policy, U.S. Department of Defense

Presiders:

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Fellow and Deputy Director of Women and Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations, Stewart M. Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program, Council on Foreign Relations
November 14, 2011

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Roundtable Meeting

Taking Stock of Conflicts in Colombia, Liberia, Bosnia, and Afghanistan: Women, War & Peace

Speaker:

Abigail E. Disney, Cocreator, Women, War & Peace and Founder, Daphne Foundation

Presiders:

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy and Deputy Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations, Stewart M. Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program, Council on Foreign Relations
November 14, 2011

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Academic Conference Call

UN Security Council Enlargement and U.S. Interests

Speaker:

Stewart M. Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director, Program on International Institutions and Global Governance, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider:

Irina A. Faskianos, Vice President, National Program & Outreach, Council on Foreign Relations
March 2, 2011 12:00-1:00 p.m.

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Roundtable Meeting

Transnational Organized Crime as a Threat to Peace and Security

Discussants:

Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime; Director-General, United Nations Office in Vienna, M. Cherif Bassiouni, Distinguished Research Professor of Law Emeritus and President Emeritus, International Human Rights Law Institute, DePaul University College of Law

Presider:

Stewart M. Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director, International Institutions and Global Governance Program, Council on Foreign Relations
June 17, 2010

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Conference Panel Session

Global Economic Governance: Progress and Prospects in the G20, International Monetary Fund, and World Bank

Introductory Speaker:

Stewart M. Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director, Program on International Institutions and Global Governance, Council on Foreign Relations

Speakers:

Eli Whitney Debevoise II, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP, Former U.S. Executive Director, World Bank, Arvind Subramanian, Senior Fellow, Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development; Senior Research Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Antoine W. van Agtmael, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, Emerging Markets Management LLC, Director, Strategic Investment Group

Presider:

David E. Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent, New York Times
May 19, 2010

This meeting is on the record.

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General Meeting ⁄ Washington

Does Public Opinion Matter? World Attitudes on Global Governance

Speakers:

Steven Kull, Director, Program on International Policy Attitudes, WorldPublicOpinion.org, Stewart M. Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director, International Institutions and Global Governance Program, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider:

Marvin Kalb, Edward R. Murrow Professor of Practice, Emeritus, and Senior Fellow, Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy, Harvard University
December 4, 2009 12:00-12:30 p.m. - Lunch Reception
12:30-1:30 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

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Conference Panel Session

American Leadership and Global Governance in an Age of Nonpolarity

Introductory Speaker:

Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations

Speakers:

R. Nicholas Burns, Former Under Secretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Ellen Laipson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Henry L. Stimson Center, David F. Gordon, Head of Research, Eurasia Group

Moderator:

Stewart M. Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director, Program on International Institutions, Council on Foreign Relations
May 7, 2009 - May 8, 2009

This meeting is on the record.

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Conference Panel Session

CFR Symposium on NATO at 60, Panel Three: NATO and Afghanistan

Speakers:

Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Former UN Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping, Barnett R. Rubin, Center on International Cooperation, NYU, Ali A. Jalali, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, NDU; Former Afghan Minister of Interior, Stewart M. Patrick, Council on Foreign Relations
February 26, 2009 1:45-3:45 p.m.

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General Meeting

The Best Laid Plans: The Origins of American Multilateralism and the Dawn of the Cold War

Speaker:

Stewart M. Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director, Program on International Institutions and Global Governance, Council on Foreign Relations; Author, The Best Laid Plans: Origins of American Multilateralism and the Dawn of the Cold War

Presider:

Warren Bass, Deputy Editor, Outlook, The Washington Post
February 4, 2009 6:00-6:30 p.m. - Reception
6:30-7:30 p.m. - Meeting

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Symposium ⁄ New York

Center for Preventive Action Symposium: The Future of Conflict Prevention - Session III

Speakers:

Nancy E. Soderberg, Senior Advisor, International Crisis Group, Donald K. Steinberg, Vice President for Multilateral Affairs, International Crisis Group, Stewart M. Patrick, Research Fellow, Center for Global Development, Paul B. Stares, Director, Center for Preventive Action, Council on Foreign Relations
December 10, 2007

This meeting is on the record.

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Press/Panels

Radio Interview

The World Next Week Podcast for CFR.org

Stewart Patrick offers preview of world events in the coming week: World powers convene in Geneva to discuss Syria; the EU considers peacekeepers for the Central African Republic; and Latin American and Caribbean officials meet in Cuba.

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Video Interview

C-Span/ Washington Journal: U.S.-Iran-Syria Relations

Stewart Patrick reviews the 68th United Nations General Assembly meeting and responds to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included the possibility of a change in U.S.-Iran relations and the latest development in Syria.

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Video Interview

CTVNews: Syrian Chemical Weapons Summit

Stewart Patrick joins the Canadian Television News Channel to discuss negotiations between Russia and the United States following Syria's use of chemical weapons.

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Radio Interview

U.S. Faces Fight At Intersection Of Crime And Extremism

In a piece detailing the increasingly problematic trade of drugs and illicit weapons in Guinea-Bissau, Patrick explains to Tom Bowman of NPR that the country is a quintessential narco-state with a monthly trade of over $300 million in cocaine. The interview and the piece also discuss the extradition of five drug runners suspected of providing surface-to-air missiles to Columbia in exchange for drugs and implicates the military of Guinea-Bissau in the transnational criminal network.

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Radio Interview

Sirius XMs POTUS Channel: The Morning Briefing with Stewart Patrick

Listen to Stewart Patrick's post-election interview with Tim Farley on "The Morning Briefing," a daily program of the Syrius XM President of the United States (POTUS) Channel. The morning after the United States reelects President Barack Obama, Patrick analyzes the major challenges that the Obama administration must address—including cooperating with Israeli partners to discourage a preventive strike and bolstering support for the rebels in Syria to stop the escalating atrocities against civilians. Follow the Morning Brief on Twitter @MorningBriefing or on Facebook.

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Video Interview

Conversations With History: Stewart Patrick

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.

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Bio

Dr. Stewart Patrick is the senior fellow and director of the program on International Institutions and Global Governance (IIGG) at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). His areas of expertise include multilateral cooperation in the management of global issues; U.S. policy toward international institutions, including the United Nations; and the challenges posed by fragile, failing, and post-conflict states. Dr. Patrick is the author of the new book Weak Links: Fragile States, Global Threats, and International Security (Oxford University Press, May 2011), and he writes the blog, The Internationalist.

From 2005 to April 2008, he was research fellow at the Center for Global Development. He directed the center's research and policy engagement on the intersection between security and development, with a particular focus on the relationship between weak states and transnational threats and on the policy challenges of building effective institutions of governance in fragile settings. He also served as a professorial lecturer in international relations/conflict management at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.

From September 2002 to January 2005, Dr. Patrick served on the secretary of state's policy planning staff, with lead staff responsibility for U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and a range of global and transnational issues. His portfolio included conducting analysis and providing recommendations for U.S. policies on weak and failing states, post-conflict reconstruction, development, refugees and migration, international law enforcement, and global health affairs. He joined the staff as an international affairs fellow at CFR.

Prior to government service, Dr. Patrick was from 1997 to 2002 a research associate at the Center on International Cooperation at New York University. In that capacity he designed and ran two multi-scholar research programs on post-conflict reconstruction and on multilateralism and U.S. foreign policy. He also taught U.S. foreign policy at NYU as an adjunct professor of political science.

Dr. Patrick graduated from Stanford University and received his doctorate in international relations, as well as two master's degrees, from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of five books. He has also authored numerous articles and chapters on the subjects of multilateral cooperation, state-building, and U.S. foreign policy.

Dr. Patrick lives in Bethesda, Maryland. He has three children.