Global Governance


Global Governance: Where is it Headed and Can it Deliver?

Speaker: Joseph S. Nye Jr.
Introductory Speaker: Dan Caldwell

Joseph S. Nye Jr., Harvard University distinguished service professor at Harvard Kennedy School, and Stewart M. Patrick, senior fellow and director of the international institutions and global governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations, discuss the state of global governance at the International Studies Association 2015 Annual Convention, as part of CFR's Academic Outreach Initiative.

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Limiting the Veto in Cases of Mass Atrocities: Is the Proposed Code of Conduct Workable?

Author: Stewart M. Patrick

In Paris, Stewart Patrick analyzes prospects for a French proposal in which the UN Security Council would adopt a “responsibility not to veto” norm in situations of mass atrocities. Despite tremendous challenges in implementing such a code of conduct, he concludes that it is ultimately a goal worth pursuing.

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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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Crisis in Global Governance

Speakers: Richard N. Haass, Sunjoy Joshi, and Rohinton Medhora

Experts discuss the state of global governance during the first Council of Councils (CoC) public event, "Crisis in Global Governance: Reform or Reset?" live from the CoC Seventh Regional Conference in New Delhi, India, on January 13, 2015.

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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.

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