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

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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks to reporters upon his departure from Hagerstown, Maryland after to a campaign event in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on October 6, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

What a Biden Win Would Mean for the Future of Multilateralism

A Biden triumph would repudiate the “America First” platform, but can it overcome the lasting damage Trump has done to America’s standing and credibility? Read More

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.
  • United States
    Black Lives Matter—for Social Justice, and for America’s Global Role
    Human rights abuses at home undermine U.S. global leadership.
  • Global Governance
    Expanding the G7 Makes Sense. Including Russia Does Not.
    Russia's inclusion in an expanded G7 would run contrary to the group's aims and interests.