Improving International Cooperation to Tackle Shared Challenges

Project Expert

Stewart M. Patrick

James H. Binger Senior Fellow in Global Governance and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program

About the Project

In the twenty-first century, no single country can confront its major foreign policy challenges alone. Terrorists and disease hopscotch across borders, while financial crises contaminate economies around the world and climate change threatens the entire planet—to name only a few of the world's shared challenges. The rise of new powers, the mounting influence of nonstate actors, and the growing importance of regional and subregional organizations are all symptomatic of a shifting world order. This new world necessitates effective multilateral action more than ever before. Rising powers need to be integrated, and global institutions need to design strategies for collaborating with increasingly important regional organizations. The International Institutions and Global Governance Program (IIGG), which I direct, analyzes how to achieve these goals in Working Papers, Policy Innovation Memoranda, and Council Special Reports. Our award-winning Global Governance Monitor and Global Governance Report Card also provide comprehensive analysis of international cooperation on an interactive platform. In my blog, The Internationalist, and on Twitter, I analyze global governance issues in the news. Finally, my roundtable meetings gather policymakers, practitioners, and leading scholars to generate innovative and practical solutions for today's greatest global governance challenges.

This project is made possible through the support of the Robina Foundation.