Global Governance

Op-Ed

Legal Posturing and Power Relations in the South China Sea

Author: Matthew C. Waxman
The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

The Philippines took China to international court in 2013 in order to challenge China’s assertion of vast maritime claims over the South China Sea. Matthew Waxman discusses why using international legal institutions in this way serves as a poor replacement for diplomacy and instead adds to both its complexity and set of instruments.

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United Nations’ Valerie Amos on Accountability and Intervention in Humanitarian Work

Speaker: Valerie Amos
Presider: George Rupp

Valerie Amos, undersecretary-general and emergency relief coordinator at the United Nations, joins George Rupp, senior fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and professor of health, religion, and international affairs at Columbia University, to discuss the realities and challenges of humanitarian work around the world today.

The Sorensen Distinguished Lecture on the United Nations was established in 1996 by Gillian and Theodore C. Sorensen to highlight the United Nations and offer a special occasion for its most distinguished and experienced leaders to speak to the Council on Foreign Relations membership.

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United Nations’ Valerie Amos on Accountability and Intervention in Humanitarian Work

Speaker: Valerie Amos
Presider: George Rupp

Valerie Amos, undersecretary-general and emergency relief coordinator at the United Nations, joins George Rupp, senior fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and professor of health, religion, and international affairs at Columbia University, to discuss the realities and challenges of humanitarian work around the world today.

The Sorensen Distinguished Lecture on the United Nations was established in 1996 by Gillian and Theodore C. Sorensen to highlight the United Nations and offer a special occasion for its most distinguished and experienced leaders to speak to the Council on Foreign Relations membership.

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United Nations’ Valerie Amos on Accountability and Intervention in Humanitarian Work

Speaker: Valerie Amos
Presider: George Rupp

Valerie Amos, undersecretary-general and emergency relief coordinator at the United Nations, joins George Rupp, senior fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and professor of health, religion, and international affairs at Columbia University, to discuss the realities and challenges of humanitarian work around the world today.

The Sorensen Distinguished Lecture on the United Nations was established in 1996 by Gillian and Theodore C. Sorensen to highlight the United Nations and offer a special occasion for its most distinguished and experienced leaders to speak to the Council on Foreign Relations membership.

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Primary Sources

UN Arms Trade Treaty

The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on April 2, 2013. The press release says the treaty makes it "harder for human rights abusers, criminals and arms traffickers to obtain weapons" and gives a brief history of the treaty from the 1990s. ATT went into effect December 24, 2014. The United States signed the treaty, but Senate has not yet ratified it.

See more in Global; Arms Industries and Trade; Treaties and Agreements

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Fatou Bensouda on the International Criminal Court and Gender-Based Crimes

Speaker: Fatou Bensouda
Presider: David J. Scheffer

Fatou Bensouda, prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC), joins David J. Scheffer, the secretary-general's special expert on UN assistance to the Khmer Rouge trials at the United Nations and professor of law at Northwestern University school of law, to discuss the ICC’s policy and protocol in investigating and prosecuting sexual and gender-based crimes.

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Fatou Bensouda on the International Criminal Court and Gender-Based Crimes

Speaker: Fatou Bensouda
Presider: David J. Scheffer

Fatou Bensouda, prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC), joins David J. Scheffer, the secretary-general's special expert on UN assistance to the Khmer Rouge trials at the United Nations and professor of law at Northwestern University school of law, to discuss the ICC’s policy and protocol in investigating and prosecuting sexual and gender-based crimes.

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Fatou Bensouda on the International Criminal Court and Gender-Based Crimes

Speaker: Fatou Bensouda
Presider: David J. Scheffer

Fatou Bensouda, prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC), joins David J. Scheffer, the secretary-general's special expert on UN assistance to the Khmer Rouge trials at the United Nations and professor of law at Northwestern University school of law, to discuss the ICC’s policy and protocol in investigating and prosecuting sexual and gender-based crimes.

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Foreign Affairs Article

Banker to the Poor

Author: Jim Yong Kim

Conceived at the 1944 Bretton Woods conference to help rebuild postwar Europe, the World Bank has expanded over the ensuing 70 years into a global organization dedicated to promoting economic growth and reducing poverty -- goals it aims to meet by giving the billions of dollars in gets in contributions from developed countries to developing ones in the form of loans and grants. 

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Foreign Affairs Article

Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West's Fault

Author: John J. Mearsheimer

According to the prevailing wisdom in the West, the Ukraine crisis can be blamed almost entirely on Russian aggression. Russian President Vladimir Putin, the argument goes, annexed Crimea out of a long-standing desire to resuscitate the Soviet empire, and he may eventually go after the rest of Ukraine, as well as other countries in eastern Europe.

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Op-Ed

Rethinking Iran

Authors: Eric Edelman, Dennis Ross, and Ray Takeyh
The Washington Post

With the extension on the nuclear deal with Iran, Western powers would do well to reconfigure their assumptions on how to pressure Iran into a deal, writes CFR’s Ray Takeyh. Instead of economic or diplomatic punitive measures, the United States needs a comprehensive and coercive strategy that would mend fences between the White House and Congress on the foreign policy front, strengthen alliances in the Middle East, and isolate Iran from its partners.

See more in Iran; United States; Nuclear Energy; Treaties and Agreements