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 designation of the Group of 20 as the world's leading forum for economic coordination is proper, writes CFR's Stewart Patrick, but Washington should still make use of the G8 for political and security matters.
Surveys during the past decade show consistent support among Americans for the UN's role in the world order but also worry about its dysfunctions. CFR's Stewart Patrick says President Barack Obama should echo these sentiments in his UN address.
Stewart Patrick declares that "tremendous forces are eroding the institutional foundations of world politics," citing the rising powers in Asia, transnational issues like climate change and other factors as reasons for this tectonic shift.
President Obama's first appearance before the UN General Assembly is an opportunity to reassert U.S. leadership at the world body on issues from nonproliferation to peacekeeping, writes CFR's Stewart Patrick.
While some G-20 leaders want to map out a "New Deal for theTwenty-First Century," CFR's Stewart Patrick says they risk spawning atwenty-first century version of the Great Depression if they don't agree on coordinated short-term steps to stimulate economic activity and to ensure both credit and trade flow freely.
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.
In testimony before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Development, Foreign Assistance, and International Environmental Protection, Stewart M. Patrick discusses policy options for international disaster assistance.
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.
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.
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.