- January 11-13, 2015: CoC Seventh Regional Conference in New Delhi, India
- May 10-12, 2015: CoC Fourth Annual Conference in Washington, DC, United States
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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 3,000 people, highlighting the ineffectiveness of existing health institutions in Africa. This brief considers Western and Chinese approaches to the Ebola outbreak as well as their long-term health diplomacy strategies, while considering how these contrasts reflect the differences in Western and Chinese diplomatic engagement on the continent more generally. Considering the merits and gaps of both horizontal and vertical healthcare approaches, Erica Penfold and Pieter Fourie argue that international health diplomacy should place greater emphasis on building horizontal, integrated healthcare systems to avoid similar pandemics.
The first UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples will take place on September 22 and 23 in New York. Over one thousand indigenous and non-indigenous delegates will gather to discuss the realization of the rights of more than 370 million indigenous peoples around the world. Vidhyandika Perkasa of the Indonesian Centre for Strategic and International Studies and Nukila Evanty of the Rights Foundation in Jakarta, provide an in depth look at the major challenges facing indigenous communities, through the lens of Indonesia's experience.
The turmoil in the Middle East points to the resurgence of ultra-radical factions of Islam, Sunni jihadist groups and their Shia counterparts, which exploit sectarian politics as a means to increase their political leverage and influence in the region. These factions, independent of their sectarian affiliations, present violent, expansionist, and distorted views of Islam, writes Ambassador Murat Özçelik, former undersecretary of public order and security in Turkey, former Turkish Ambassador to Baghdad, and former special envoy of Turkey to Iraq.
In 1994, states failed to mount a humanitarian intervention to stop the massacre of eight-hundred thousand Tutsis and moderate Hutus at the hands of Hutu extremists in Rwanda. Reflecting on the twenty years since the Rwandan genocide, Fred Agwu of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs considers the evolution of and challenges facing humanitarian intervention.
Overwhelming evidence of climate change and growing access to natural resources have raised the Arctic's strategic importance. David Runnalls of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, suggests three major issues the United States should focus on during its chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2015.
The revelations by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden that the NSA is conducting broad surveillance in both the United States and abroad, as well as spying on foreign leaders' communication, proved to be an important turning point for the future of Internet governance. To protect the openness of the Internet while assuaging tensions, three major reforms should be undertaken, writes expert Annegret Bendiek.
On September 28-30, 2014, the Center for International Governance Innovation and CFR convened the sixth Council of Councils regional conference, with a focus on managing the global commons.
On May 11-13, 2014, CFR convened the Council of Councils Third Annual Conference in New York.
Under President Obama, the United States has been a leader in tackling climate change and recent measures taken by the U.S. administration are highly pertinent in the run-up to a new UN climate agreement in 2015, argues Susanne Dröge and Sonja Thielges.
With the United States and China locking each other out of the economic architecture that they have helped to design, Pradumna Rana argues the case for a New Bretton Woods has strengthened.
Vivan Sharan and Rei Tang argue that seeking a uniform response to climate change will hinder universal action.
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CFR's Stewart Patrick and Thierry de Montbrial of the French Institute for International Relations discuss the challenges of reforming global institutions to include emerging powers.