The Internationalist

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

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People attend a march and rally against gun violence on June 3, 2022, in Newtown, Connecticut, where almost a decade ago a gunman shot and killed twenty-six people including twenty children at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Michelle McLoughlin/Reuters

A Callous Disregard for Child Victims of Gun Violence is American Exceptionalism Run Amok

As a developed economy, the United States' failure to protect its youth is as uniquely American as its aversion to ratifying international treaties. That exceptionalism, however, goes too far in the context of school shootings. Read More

A New Year’s Resolution on Democracy Promotion
After the Trump administration's four years of abandoning and undermining the legacy of U.S. commitment to democracy, U.S. President Joe Biden is seeking to steer the country—and the world—down a different course. 
Fossil Fuels
To Tackle Climate Change, Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground
As oil rigs and coal plants churn on, national emissions targets grow increasingly disingenuous and infeasible. To prevent the worst implications of the climate crisis, it is time to target the supply side of the world's dirty fuel addiction. 
World Trade Organization (WTO)
An Environmentalist Case for Resurrecting the WTO Appellate Body
As countries confront the environmental effects of global trade, the potential for disputes and abuses rises. A venue for addressing such concerns exists in principle—but is in desperate need of resuscitation. 
  • Global Governance
    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. 
  • 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.