The Internationalist

The Internationalist

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

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A tourist guide at the Manu National Park in Peru's southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios on July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

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.  Read More

United States
Bipolarity is the Wrong Concept for U.S.-China Relations
When it comes to crafting policy, an all-consuming focus on bipolarity could be utterly disastrous. The Biden administration should junk the concept. 
COVID-19 Poses the Greatest Challenge Yet to the U.N. Humanitarian System
COVID-19 is a global menace, but its impact falls heaviest on the most vulnerable. The world needs to close the yawning gap between urgent humanitarian needs and funds available to meet them.
Transition 2021
Biden’s Environmental Agenda Must Go Beyond Climate Change
The cost of humanity’s assault on the planet is astronomical. Biden has a golden opportunity to help the world change its disastrous trajectory by elevating biodiversity conservation in U.S. foreign policy.
  • Transition 2021
    How Biden can Reinvigorate American Leadership Within the UN
    Biden should reinvigorate American leadership within the United Nations and invest more energy and resources into multilateral diplomacy. 
  • Human Rights
    Biden and the Future of U.S. Human Rights Policy
    The United States can only promote human rights abroad if it begins from a position of humility, acknowledging that the struggle to make America a more perfect union is ongoing.
  • Climate Change
    To Address Climate Change While Protecting Workers, the United States Needs a Border-Adjusted Carbon Tax
    The only way to take effective and far-reaching action to combat climate change while also preserving American competitive advantage is the imposition of a carbon tax with border adjustments.
  • Paris Climate Agreement
    Rejoining the Paris Agreement Is the Easy Part
    Biden’s election victory is a huge win for all who care about the living planet. The hard part will be delivering on his ambitious agenda.
  • Election 2020
    An Open World Is in the Balance—and on the Ballot
    As Americans cast their ballots, they are voting for the future not just of their own country, but of the open world that the United States helped create.
  • Election 2020
    The Future of Multilateralism is on the Ballot
    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?
  • Disasters
    The World Is Unprepared for Climate-Driven Natural Disasters
    Disaster preparedness is hard, expensive, time-consuming and often thankless work. Failure to invest in it can be catastrophic, however.