Global Governance

Op-Ed

Sea Power and the Law of the Sea

Authors: Captain Melissa Bert, USCG and Captain Bradley S. Russell, USN
Top of the World Telegraph

Captain Melissa Bert, USCG, and Captain Bradley Russell, USN, argue that while the United States is a nation reliant on sea power, it is not being the leader it can be on the Law of the Sea Convention.

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Foreign Affairs Article

Deterrence Lessons From Iraq

Author: Amatzia Baram

Debates about the possibility of containing a nuclear Iran often hinge on judgments of whether the regime there is rational. But as a wealth of recently released Iraqi documents about Saddam Hussein's tumultuous reign in Iraq show, even an arguably rational leader can be unreasonable -- and very hard to deter.

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Audio

Corporate Conference Call: Rio+20 Summit: The Wasted Opportunity

Speaker: Bjorn Lomborg
Presider: Gideon Rose

Controversial environmental scientist Bjorn Lomborg discusses his latest Foreign Affairs article, "Environmental Alarmism, Then and Now: The Club of Rome's Problem—and Ours," and the Rio+20 summit, arguing that the world is focusing too much on environmentalism and climate change, and not enough on confronting the lack of economic growth in the developing world.

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Foreign Affairs Article

Hegemony and After

Author: Robert O. Keohane

Yet another bout of worry about long-term U.S. decline has generated yet another countersurge of defensive optimism. What new books by Robert Kagan and Robert Lieber miss, however, is the critical role played by multilateral institutions in the perpetuation of the United States' global leadership.

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Foreign Affairs Article

Is Iraq on Track?

Authors: Antony Blinken, Norman Ricklefs, and Ned Parker

Iraq is hardly the failed state that Ned Parker portrayed in these pages, argues Antony Blinken, the U.S. vice president's national security adviser. Norman Ricklefs sees Iraq's politics becoming more moderate and less sectarian. Parker replies that despite these improvements, Baghdad still violates human rights and ignores the rule of law.

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Must Read

NTU: Who Should the Twenty Be?

Authors: Alex M. Brill and James K. Glassman

Alex M. Brill and James K. Glassman of the National Taxpayers Union argue that the G20 needs clear admission standards to boost the grop's legitimacy. They offer a set of broad criteria for judging admission and assess whether current G20 members meet those standards.

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Video

The G20 Mexico Summit

Interviewer: Stewart M. Patrick
Interviewee: Enrique Berruga

As world leaders prepare for the Group of Twenty nations summit June 18-20 in Los Cabos, Mexico, CFR's Stewart M. Patrick talks with Enrique Berruga of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations about the upcoming meeting and the G20's future.

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