This year has seen its share of global challenges, from the protracted and deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Syria to Russia's annexation of Crimea. In recent months, the International Institutions and Global Governance (IIGG) program has explored these topics and a host of other flashpoint issues by publishing a new working paper that discusses the power of the "international community," releasing a new installment of the Council of Councils (CoC) Global Memo series, and convening the fifth CoC Regional Conference in Sydney, Australia.
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Stewart M. Patrick
Senior Fellow and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program
In late February, CFR and the Lowy Institute for International Policy convened the fifth Council of Councils Regional Conference in Sydney, Australia. Participants discussed how to revitalize the Group of Twenty (G20), how to respond to the global challenge of Iran, the benefits of "minilateralism" versus multilateralism in Asia, maritime security challenges in the Asia Pacific, prospects for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and expanding global trade, and whether there should there be rules for how states exploit cyberspace. The conference also included keynote addresses from top policymakers, including Peter Varghese AO, secretary of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and John Howard, former prime minister of Australia.Learn more about the event »
IIGG added a new installment of the Council of Councils Global Memo series. Virginia Comolli, research fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, discusses the effects of the global drug trade, the failure of the existing efforts to bring it under control, and the growing movement to emphasize demand reduction over law enforcement efforts to cut off supply. Her memo is featured on the new Council of Councils website. The Global Memo is a monthly brief by an international expert on a major global event or significant global governance issue. The series is part of the Council of Councils initiative, which aims to connect leading foreign policy institutes from around the world in a common conversation on issues of global governance and multilateral cooperation. Read the Global Memo »
When policymakers and pundits invoke the "international community," they often refer to very different groupings of international actors. In IIGG's latest Working Paper, Tod Lindberg explores the theoretical underpinnings and the historical development of international institutions to define the concept of "international community." Examining the term through legal, sociological, and critical perspectives, Lindberg argues that the international community represents an intersection of morality and politics in the form of liberal normative ideals played out in global affairs. In practice, the term can and should be used when there is clear consensus on an issue; but on controversial questions, citing the international community risks undermining its legitimacy.Read the working paper »
In his blog, Stewart M. Patrick looks beyond the headlines at the forces transforming global politics and how the United States should respond.
The International Institutions and Global Governance (IIGG) program aims to identify the institutional requirements for effective multilateral cooperation in the twenty-first century; propose reforms to strengthen or replace international institutions; and promote effective responses by the United States and its partners to today's daunting global challenges.