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November 25, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Deval Patrick, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Update: Deval Patrick announced on February 12, 2020, that he was ending his campaign for president. Deval Patrick is testing the accuracy of the old saying, “Better late than never.” Last Decembe…

Deval Patrick

April 6, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Can the Lessons of the Coronavirus Pandemic Be Applied to Climate Change?

Contrasting COVID-19 with climate change underscores how urgency often trumps importance in motivating political action.

The 110 freeway in Los Angeles, California, is empty of traffic amid a stay-at-home order in the state.

May 12, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy
Moored to Memory: The Problem of the Past in U.S.-Australia Relations

Now that the reverie aboard the USS Intrepid has receded into memory, it is time to ask just what, precisely, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull achieved on his recent visit to New York and m…

U.S. President Donald Trump and Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull deliver brief remarks to reporters as they meet ahead of an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea, aboard the USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York, U.S. May 4, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

March 30, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
As COVID-19 Runs Rampant, the UN Security Council Must Act

The disastrous stalemate between the United States and China is preventing the UN Security Council from issuing a powerful resolution, or even a declaration, to mobilize the international system agai…

The chairs of the UN Security Council sit empty at UN headquarters

March 26, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The Multilateral System Still Cannot Get Its Act Together on COVID-19

In the absence of U.S. leadership, multilateral responses to COVID-19 have been inadequate to date.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz speaks via video link as he sits at a desk, with a monitor displaying "G20" in the background.

March 23, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Global Leadership Is in Quarantine Just When It Is Needed Most

Contrasting the current pandemic with past crises underscores U.S. President Donald J. Trump's abdication of global leadership.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, speaks into a microphone as he declares the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency.

March 9, 2020

Democracy
With the United States Backsliding, Who Will Defend Democracy in the World?

A new Freedom House report finds that India and the United States were among the foremost contributors last year to democratic backslide and that global freedom continues to decline.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in front of U.S. and Indian flags.

March 16, 2020

Immigration and Migration
How Should the World Respond to the Coming Wave of Climate Migrants?

Nations should use existing international institutions, instruments, and laws to protect and assist vulnerable populations, while mobilizing foreign aid to help communities in the developing world ab…

A red and blue life jacket lays atop a palm frond on a beach, with a blue boat, used by migrants, at the water's edge.

March 2, 2020

Global Commons
A Responsibility to Protect the Earth? Reframing Sovereignty in the Anthropocene

Protecting the biosphere requires new conceptions of sovereign obligation.

Two hands hold a globe in the foreground as climate activists march and display signs in support of the Fridays for Future movement.

February 24, 2020

Coronavirus
The Coronavirus Outbreak Is the Shape of Things to Come

Far from an anomaly, the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak is the shape of things to come as development and globalization are driving a new era of infectious disease.

Tourists wear protective face masks at Venice Carnival, which has been cancelled because of an outbreak of coronavirus, in Venice, Italy on February 23, 2020.