Tikki Pang and Laurie Garrett argue that the World Health Organization is facing an unprecedented crisis that threatens its position as the premier international health agency, and to ensure its leading role, it must rethink its internal governance and revamp its financing mechanisms.
International trade and finance analyst Rebecca M. Nelson offers an overview of multilateral development banks and outlines the issues they present for the United States Congress in this Congressional Research Service report.
As the world's oldest regional body, the Organization of American States has served as a platform for cooperation, but ideological polarization among its members and criticisms of the organization's institutional weakness have raised doubts about its ability to remain relevant.
An examination of the World Bank's evolution as a global health actor and Jim Yong Kim's career in public health raises questions about how he would handle the role of president, writes CFR's Laurie Garrett.
This document outlines the salient features of the changing landscape and their implications for multilateral development institutions, and discusses how the World Bank Group contributes to the establishment of modernized multilateralism and identifies priority areas that will shape its focus in the coming years.
The UN deadline has passed for what is likely a failed cease-fire in Syria. Expert Tamara Cofman Wittes says the Assad regime is only engaging diplomatically to buy time, and more international pressure is needed, especially from Russia.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala puts forward three major challenges--creating jobs, investing in the human capital of the poor, and building institutions--that she expects to pursue if chosen to lead the World Bank.
This week's Arab League Summit in Baghdad presents questions about the organization's role in a changed Middle East, the durability of Assad's regime in Syria, and Iraq's security and regional ties, says CFR's Ned Parker.
Speakers: Yasushi Kudo, Thierry de Montbrial, and Igor Yurgens Presider: William Drozdiak
Thierry de Montbrial, Yasushi Kudo, and Igor Yurgens, the heads of three major international policy institutions, give French, Japanese, and Russian perspectives on how the world views the United States.
Richard Haass leads the inaugural meeting of the Council of Councils, a network of policy institutes from around the world looking to discuss and identify global challenges as well as global opportunities.
The President of the World Bank, Robert B. Zoellick, addresses the CFR's Council of Councils inaugural conference.
The Council of Councils is an international initiative designed to connect leading foreign policy institutes from around the worked in a common conversation on issues of global governance and multilateral cooperation. The initiative is funded by a generous grant from the Robina Foundation.
As the United Nations faces increasing pressure to end violence in Syria and resolve tensions with Iran over its nuclear program, former senior U.S. official William H. Luers discusses challenges in UN diplomacy and prospects for intervention.
The interactive Global Governance Monitor tracks, maps, and evaluates multilateral efforts to address today's global challenges.
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Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Koblentz argues that the United States should work with other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near term and establish processes for multilateral arms control efforts over the longer term.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
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