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Stewart M. Patrick assesses the future of world order, state sovereignty, and multilateral cooperation.

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President Sauli Niinisto of Finland addresses attendees during the seventieth session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on September 29, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Can a Virtual UN General Assembly Deliver on Real World Problems?

Despite limitations, the UN will still sponsor a few notable events and initiatives at this year’s General Assembly, but do not expect any breakthroughs. Read More

Global Governance
Navigating Rough Waters: The Limitations of International Watercourse Governance
Recent events are straining the global watercourse governance system. Countries need to articulate and abide by universal norms and standards on sustainable and equitable water resource use to secure safe access to water.
Climate Change
California Is a Preview of Climate Change’s Devastation for the Entire World
California is setting the pace for climate change disasters. Its plight is a direct consequence of the human addiction to fossil fuels.
Global Governance
The United Nations Prepares for a Somber 75th Anniversary
U.S. unilateralism, geopolitical rivalries, and COVID-19 are humbling UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s ambitions for the UN75 agenda.
  • Energy and Environment
    California’s Bold Conservation Push Is Part of a Hopeful Global Trend
    Environmental stewardship pays economic and other dividends. Fortunately, many are acknowledging that natural capital is just as important for human prosperity and security as financial, physical, and human capital.
  • Human Rights
    U.S. Effort to ‘Nationalize’ Human Rights Undermines Them at Home and Abroad
    The draft report of the U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights provides a gift to despotic regimes and reveals the Trump administration’s hypocritical human rights policy.
  • Climate Change
    The Case for Ecological Realism
    The global environmental crisis has exposed the limitations of traditional political realism. It is time to embrace ecological realism. 
  • Public Health Threats and Pandemics
    Leaving the WHO Is No Way to Deal With a Pandemic
    The United States should abandon its misguided withdrawal from the World Health Organization and work instead toward reforming the institution. 
  • Public Health Threats and Pandemics
    Could the Coronavirus Pandemic Revive International Cooperation?
    New thinking, enlightened leadership, and a favorable distribution of power are necessary for a more cooperative world to emerge in the aftermath of the pandemic.
  • Corruption
    Why Governance Matters in the Time of COVID-19
    Transparency, accountability, and trust matter now more than ever.
  • Global Governance
    Remembering the San Francisco Conference That Created the United Nations
    Seventy-five years ago this week, delegates from fifty nations signed the UN Charter.