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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.

Can Multilateral Efforts Save Threatened Wildlife?

Sep 19, 2016

Dozens of wildlife species are endangered, pushed ever closer to extinction by habitat loss and illegal trade. Unfortunately, limiting trade in wild animals and plants can be a contentious process that depends as much on politics as on science. Romy Chevallier and Ross Harvey of SAIIA explain how the debate over elephant conservation elucidates this difficulty and helps demonstrate both how the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora could function better and what could be done to reconcile conflicting positions. 

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For NATO and Russia, a Wary Dialogue

Aug 2, 2016

Igor Yurgens of Russia’s Institute for Contemporary Development explains the domestic forces shaping Russia’s stance towards NATO, and, bearing these domestic considerations in mind, maps out a path for a détente between the two. 

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Brexit's Consequences For the UK—and the EU

Jun 1, 2016

Steven Blockmans and Michael Emerson of the Centre for European Policy Studies assess consequences of a British exit and concludes that a "Brexit" could have serious ramifications for not just the United Kingdom, but also the European Union as a whole. 

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Slouching Toward Ankara: The EU-Turkey Migration Deal

Apr 29, 2016

The effectiveness of the EU-Turkey deal hinges on its implementation and leaves Greece to overcome a “Herculean task.” Silvia Colombo, Senior Fellow at the Institute of International Affairs, outlines the moral and practical challenges of this deal. 

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UNGASS 2016: Time for a New Paradigm in Drugs

Apr 12, 2016

Many believe the war on drugs has failed. At the upcoming United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem, prohibitionist supporters will be confronted by a highly motivated block of Latin American states advocating for regulation and harm reduction strategies. Dr. Jorge Chabot, associate at the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations, says if the global drug regime doesn’t abandon prohibition, it just may fall apart. 

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The 2016 Washington Summit: Time to Open the Next Chapter in Nuclear Security

Feb 24, 2016

Although much progress has been made to reduce the threat of terrorists obtaining nuclear weapons since the start of the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) process in 2010, implementation has recently slowed. Artur Kacprzyk of the Polish Institute of International Affairs assesses the progress of the NSS thus far and makes recommendations for the future. 

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The G20’s Challenges and China’s Leadership Opportunities for the 2016 Summit

Jan 28, 2016

As the world slowly emerges from the 2008 financial crisis, the Group of Twenty (G20) must now shift its attention towards long-term economic governance. In this Global Memo, Chen Dongxiao, president of the Shanghai Institute for International Studies, analyzes the challenges facing the G20 and outlines opportunities for China to lead during its presidency. 

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