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April 29, 2019

Grand Strategy
America's Quest for an Open World: A Grand Strategy Grounded in History

American grand strategy should draw inspiration from the principles of the post-war order. The United States should work to advance an open world. 

Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin together after negotiations at the Yalta Conference of 1945.

May 16, 2019

Trade
Trump’s Trade War Unimportant in Grand Scheme of Things

Experts from the Council of Councils grade international cooperation on global trade a middling C in 2018, rank it one of the lowest priorities on the global agenda, and are only somewhat optimistic …

Workers are seen on scaffolding at a construction site in Nantong, Jiangsu province, China, on January 1, 2019.

May 14, 2019

Global Governance
Don’t Show the Parents: The 2018–2019 Report Card on International Cooperation

How did world leaders do in managing global challenges in 2018? Experts from twenty-eight think tanks around the world grade international cooperation a middling C.

A man walks in front of the India Gate shrouded in smog in New Delhi on October 29, 2018

April 22, 2019

Climate Change
A Global Pact for the Environment

A Global Pact for the Environment would lend coherence to international environmental law, give greater legal and political heft to existing environmental covenants, and safeguard the imperiled biosp…

Flowers in the Landes forest near Le Pyla, France, on March 21, 2019.

April 22, 2019

Climate Change
It Is Time for a Global Pact for the Environment

A Global Pact for the Environment would lend coherence to international environmental law, give greater legal and political heft to existing environmental covenants, and safeguard the imperiled biosp…

Flowers in the Landes forest near Le Pyla, France, on March 21, 2019.

April 15, 2019

World Order
Was the Liberal International Order All That?

The liberal international order has had its fair share of shortcomings, but the peace and prosperity it has engendered are not fictitious.

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan of Ghana is flanked by U.S. and UN flags as he delivers the Masachusetts Institute of Technology's 1997 commencement address on June 6.

April 8, 2019

Climate Change
Geoengineering Is Inevitable in the Face of Climate Change. But at What Cost?

Geoengineering is moving from the radical fringe to the center of global public policy, yet a multilateral governance framework for large-scale environmental manipulation remains lacking. 

A participant in front of a screen showing a world map during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 8, 2015.

April 24, 2019

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Laying Down the LAWS: Strategizing Autonomous Weapons Governance

Working toward a definition of lethal autonomous weapons systems contributes to the creation of norms, even in the absence of binding legal instruments. 

Activists from the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots stage a protest at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, on March, 21, 2019.

November 14, 2018

Venezuela
Looking for an Off-Ramp for Venezuela

Mexico's Andres Lopez Obrador may be able to play a decisive role in bringing this agonizing chapter of Venezuelan history to an end.

A prorally against U.S President Donald Trump in Caracas, Venezuela August 14, 2017

April 1, 2019

Europe
As NATO Turns Seventy, the European Security Debate Comes Full Circle

As NATO turns seventy, history's most successful multilateral alliance faces significant internal challenges. 

U.S. President Donald J. Trump attends a meeting of the North Atlantic Council during a NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, July 11, 2018.