- May 10-12, 2015: Council of Councils Fourth Annual Conference in Washington, DC
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Stewart M. Patrick, senior fellow and director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations, previews seven summits to watch in 2015.
Previewing the elements that will make next week's UNFCCC meeting in Peru a success, Samir Saran and Vivan Sharan of Observor Research Foundation argue that, "in Lima and Paris, the global community must ensure that obsession with the legal nature of the post-Kyoto agreement does not detract from achieving what is eminently possible."
There are high expectations that Australia's G20 presidency, which concludes at the end of 2014, will help reenergize the forum. Mike Callaghan, director of the G20 Studies Center at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, identifies the major elements that would define the upcoming G20 Leader's Summit in Brisbane as a success, including achieving significant progress on a few key outcomes that demonstrate clear evidence of cooperation and an emphasis on follow-through and the implementation of commitments.
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.
On January 11-13, 2015, Observer Research Foundation and CFR convened the seventh Council of Councils regional conference, "Crisis in Global Governance: Reform or Reset?"
On September 28-30, 2014, the Centre for International Governance Innovation and CFR convened the sixth Council of Councils regional conference, with a focus on managing the global commons.
This briefing provides an overview of how international law treats situations of statelessness, both in guarding against statelessness and in protecting the rights of stateless persons.
A key aspect of the NATO summit in Newport (Wales) was the reaction of the alliance to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and destabilization of Eastern Ukraine. However, there was not enough focus on long-term prospects for NATO's relationship with Russia.
The G20 convened in Brisbane on 15-16 November 2014 for yet another summit. In the aftermath of the recent global financial crisis, this paper considers whether the G20 still has relevance.
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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.