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These briefs are a feature of the Council of Councils initiative, gathering opinions from global experts on major international developments. For older versions, visit the Global Roundups archive.

The 2018 Summit of the Americas: A Lost Opportunity

Apr 23, 2018

The profoundly uninspiring 2018 Summit of the Americas should be seen as a wasted opportunity of epic proportions. More sophisticated regional cooperation in the realms of migration, surging violence and crime, drug trafficking, and democracy is crucial to help nations across the Western Hemisphere overcome the many domestic challenges they face.

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The Tortured Path of Global Migration Reforms

Feb 23, 2018

The Global Compact for Migration is hampered by an absence of leadership within the UN system and increasing polarization and nationalism around the world. Political buy-in, support, and a positive disposition among negotiating UN members are essential if the compact is to become a sustainable blueprint for migration.

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Ten Global Summits to Watch in 2018

Dec 21, 2017

The Trump administration’s approach to ten critical global summits in the year ahead will show whether its pullback from multilateralism in 2017 was an aberration or the start of a new normal.

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Taking on Technology in Argentina’s G20 Presidency

Nov 21, 2017

This year’s G20 summit, in Buenos Aires, will be an important opportunity for Argentina to embody a more egalitarian view of development and show itself as a modern developing country eager to work with the rest of the world to tackle global governance challenges. Argentina's G20 plan of action should also include policies that increase protection for workers confronted by a disruptive and rapid phenomenon: the “fourth industrial revolution.” 

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Ending the War in Syria: An Israeli Perspective

Sep 21, 2017

While Israel has largely abstained from direct involvement in the Syrian civil war, it has a vested interest in the conflict’s outcome and should support a resolution to the conflict that reflects both its humanitarian concerns and national security interests: ending the carnage and limiting the threat posed by the Iran-led axis. 

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A Union at Risk: The Future of the European Project

Jun 20, 2017

Developments in the past six months have fed perceptions that, while the EU is not perfect, it is no longer under threat of collapse. However, this emerging perception could induce a dangerously complacent attitude that EU leaders can ill afford. In fact, the EU remains mired in a crisis of confidence and legitimacy of unprecedented proportion. What is needed, therefore, is a sober assessment of the challenges and risks that the EU faces and its possible options to sort out the present crisis and resume a sustainable integration path forward.

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Impatient and Distracted: The United States and NATO Under Trump

May 4, 2017

Bartosz Wisniewski of the Polish Institute of International Affairs examines the future of NATO under the Trump administration. He finds that growing tensions in East Asia might serve as a reinforcing argument for those in the United States who urge European NATO members to do more for common defense. And given Trump’s participation, the late May NATO leaders’ meeting in Brussels will be the best opportunity for his administration so far to revisit some basics truths about the value of alliances, and NATO in particular.

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