Proposals from France and Brazil reopened a much-needed discussion on how to make the Security Council more responsive to mass atrocities like the Syrian conflict. By 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.
From nuclear proliferation to climate change to the Millennium Development Goals, Stewart M. Patrick highlights seven global summits to watch in 2015.
As civil war in Syria inches toward its four-year anniversary, the nation’s humanitarian catastrophe deepens. Some 7.6 million Syrians are now internally displaced, and another 3.3 million have fled to neighboring countries to avoid the complex three-way dogfight among Assad’s forces, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and Syrian rebels.
A united and capable Africa appeals to both regional players and Washington, which increasingly views violence within Africa’s many fragile states as enabling conditions for terrorists with growing global ambitions. By Stewart M. Patrick
The videos depicting beheadings of Western civilians by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have shocked audiences worldwide. But perhaps more surprising is something more mundane: the distinctly British accent of the English-speaking, knife-wielding militant.
Claims that Scottish secession endangers the United Kingdom’s permanent seat on the UN Security Council are far-fetched, argues Stewart M. Patrick.
When Western leaders gather for the NATO summit in Wales next week, they will be expected to answer calls to revive the old alliance in order to confront Russia’s gradual invasion of Ukraine. Despite this new clarity of purpose, however, the alliance remains profoundly divided.
In Africa, the most daunting obstacle to economic growth is rampant corruption that robs citizens of billions of dollars every year. Improving governance in the extractive industries—which are particularly prone to corruption—would go a long way toward achieving more robust and inclusive prosperity, write Stewart M. Patrick and Isabella Bennett.
Stewart Patrick busts the myth that U.S. public opinion reflexively favors an isolationist foreign policy.
Marking the 500th anniversary of the The Prince (1513), Stewart Patrick explains why Machiavelli's primer on statecraft still has the capacity to shock half a millennium after it was written.
In light of chemical weapons attacks in Syria, Stewart Patrick explains why holding the line on their further use is essential to preserving the prohibition regime.
Stewart Patrick analyses a UN-FAO report which considers how the human consumption of insects could help in the fight against world hunger.
In International Affairs, Miles Kahler examines the role of the large emerging economies—Brazil, India, and China—in international institutions and the implications of their growing influence for international order.
In conjunction with the release of CFR's first Global Governance Report Card and Earth Day, Stewart Patrick asks, "When it comes to addressing the world's gravest ills, how are we doing?"
When it comes to natural disasters, Stewart Patrick argues that today's burgeoning urban centers will increasingly be on the front lines.
Considering a report from CFR and the Program on International Policy Attitudes, Stewart Patrick discusses why the majority of Americans will not accept a nuclear Iran.
Mark P. Lagon and William F. Schulz take a closer look at how liberals and conservatives understand and advance human rights and lay out options for creating a more unified human rights movement focused on resilience and creative policies rather than dogmatism.
Stewart M. Patrick says President Obama's address to the United Nations General Assembly this year will be his most challenging yet.
The interactive Global Governance Monitor tracks, maps, and evaluates multilateral efforts to address today's global challenges.