The Internationalist

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

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov gesture as they arrive for a meeting on the sidelines of the Arctic Council Ministerial summit, in Reykjavik, Iceland, on May 19, 2021. Saul Loeb/Pool

How the Russia-Ukraine War Challenges Arctic Governance

The Russian invasion of Ukraine presents the greatest obstacle to Arctic governance since the Cold War. The boycott of the Arctic Council will permanently diminish its scope and leave Arctic security issues unresolved. Read More

Climate Change
To Reduce Growing Climate Dangers, the World Needs to Consider Sunlight Reflection
Nothing about the present climate crisis or its implications is natural. Perhaps how the world deals with a warming planet shouldn't be either.
Global Governance
Does the UN Risk Becoming a Second League of Nations?
The war in Ukraine marks the biggest test for the United Nations in three decades, but its failure is not inevitable, nor is it destined for irrelevance.
Putin’s Two-Front War
Putin has launched an assault on the post-World War II rules-based international system on two fronts; credible U.S. leadership in the conflict requires retaliating against Russian aggression on both.
  • Foreign Policy
    Outdated Cold War Analogies Could Lead the West Astray
    The applicability of the Truman Doctrine to the West's present confrontation with Russia is constrained by the realities of a different time, seventy-five years ago.
  • Ukraine
    Putin’s Catastrophic War of Choice: Lessons Learned (So Far)
    Although the situation in Ukraine continues to evolve rapidly, there are already several vital lessons to glean from Russia's incursion into the sovereign territory of its neighbor.
  • Ukraine
    The Russia-Ukraine Crisis Could Determine the Future of Sovereignty
    Despite the host of unknowns muddling the crisis at the Russia-Ukraine border, the situation does clearly expose how countries manipulate a bedrock principle of the state-based international system to suit their needs.
  • Treaties and Agreements
    On International Treaties, the United States Refuses to Play Ball
    In lists of state parties to globally significant treaties, the United States is often notably absent. Ratification hesitancy is a chronic impairment to international U.S. credibility and influence.
  • Democracy
    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.