The Internationalist

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

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People stand in front of the G20 media center at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Rome, Italy, which will host the G20 summit from October 30-31 on October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

The G20 Was Made for Moments Like This

The planet is on fire, the pandemic smolders on, and the global recovery is faltering. The G20 was created for just such challenges, and the Rome summit offers it a chance to rise to the occasion.  Read More

Diplomacy and International Institutions
UN Representation in an Era of Revitalized Multilateralism
Competing UN credential submissions are not unprecedented. Many of the pressures and challenges of the modern era, however, are.
Diplomacy and International Institutions
Can an Earthquake at the World Bank Rattle the IMF, Too?
The Doing Business report scandal has shaken confidence in the World Bank. The scandal's implications, however, don't stop with the bank.
United Nations General Assembly
Biden’s Forceful UN Address: Let’s Get to Work
U.S. President Joe Biden made his first address before the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. His message, both to his domestic and foreign audiences, was clear: The United States is back and at the ready. 
  • United Nations
    Biden’s Tricky UN Message to a Troubled World
    Biden faces a dual challenge at the UN General Assembly. He must convince the world that the U.S. is committed to multilateralism while persuading the American public that the UN can be an indispensable institution.
  • 9/11
    An Alluring but Costly Distraction
    After 9/11, the United States' foreign policy and security apparatuses adopted a new threat perception, one focused on failed and fragile states. The result: two decades of costly distractions.
  • Global Governance
    Even in an Increasingly Interconnected World, National Interests Remain Supreme
    Finding themselves in an evermore interdependent global reality, countries have increasingly espoused their devotion to common goals and values. Their actions, however, speak louder than their words.
  • Global Governance
    Climate Change Is Putting the SDGs Further Out of Reach
    The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly hindered many countries' efforts to advance sustainable development. Unabated climate change, however, poses an even greater threat.
  • India
    The United States and India: Multilaterally Abridged Allies
    India’s desire to play a more significant role in global governance should not cause anxiety in the United States. While India won’t promote every U.S. priority, it won’t jeopardize U.S. core interests.
  • Climate Change
    The Long-Awaited Climate Emergency Is Now
    The most sobering message in the IPCC report is that we are on a course to transform the planet profoundly, even if we alter our ways.
  • Global Governance
    The G7’s B3W Infrastructure Plan Can’t Compete with China. That’s Not the Point.
    Regardless of its strategic intent, the Build Back Better World initiative could be a huge win for global welfare, sustainable development, and multilateralism.