The Internationalist

The Internationalist

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

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U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the state of COVID-19 vaccinations from the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., on April 6, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

The Biden Administration and the Future of Multilateralism

For multilateralism to be credible, the Biden administration will need to reconsolidate a U.S. political consensus on global engagement and persuade foreign partners of America’s global staying power. Read More

Democracy Is Down, but Not Out
Fewer than 20 percent of the globe’s inhabitants now live in a “free” country today. What might be done to reverse the autocratic tide?
Climate Change
It’s Long Past Time for the U.S. to Ratify the ‘Treaty of Life’
Bold U.S. leadership is needed now more than ever to address the biodiversity crisis. The Biden administration should submit the UN biodiversity convention to the Senate for ratification.
Climate Change
How Biden Can Embrace Environmental Stewardship
The dramatic loss of global biodiversity poses a grave threat to humanity. The Biden administration has two golden opportunities to embrace environmental stewardship. 
  • Democracy
    Trump Still Casts a Shadow Over Biden’s Pro-Democracy Ambitions
    The rationale behind Biden’s democracy summit is not idealistic but deeply realistic. It reflects a conviction that a world order based on a core of resilient democracies is likely to be a safer, more open, and more prosperous one.
  • United States
    Biden’s Foreign Policy Takes Shape
    Biden drew the curtain on the disastrous Trump era, emphasizing the nation’s strength at home determines its success abroad—and vice versa.
  • Nuclear Weapons
    Apocalypse Now: It’s Time to Watch the Doomsday Clock
    The Doomsday Clock reads just 100 seconds to midnight. Whether the world moves in a more hopeful direction this year depends partly on the United States.
  • Global Governance
    To Prevent Pandemics and Protect Biodiversity, Combat Wildlife Crime
    The Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime proposes a practical approach to tackling the illicit trade in wild animals. The world should embrace it.
  • Democracy
    Biden’s Summit for Democracy Is More Needed Than Ever
    The Biden administration should still host its proposed Summit for Democracy provided it approaches it in the spirit of humility rather than hubris.
  • United States
    What Are Biden’s Actual Prospects for Reviving Transatlantic Relations?
    Washington will need to work toward a more equal strategic partnership with Europe, rather than continue to assume U.S. leadership.
  • Global Governance
    Up in the Air: Ten Global Summits That Will Test Joe Biden in 2021
    Ten major summits in 2021 will help determine the future of international security, freedom, prosperity, development, health, and indeed of the planet itself.