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May 20, 2019

Space
A New Space Age Demands International Cooperation, Not Competition or Dominance

The United States should work with partners abroad to reduce orbital congestion, resolve ambiguities surrounding space resource utilization, and defend the planet against asteroids and other space ob…

The Gulf of Mexico and U.S. Gulf Coast at sunset as seen from the International Space Station on December 14, 2014.

May 13, 2019

Global Governance
How the Paris Agreement Model Could Help Ward Off the Next Mass Extinction

Biodiversity is declining faster than at any time in human history. A bankrupt biosphere, however, is not yet destiny. To reverse course, nations must take a page from the Paris Agreement on climate …

A boy carries a dog as he stands after a Peruvian police operation to destroy illegal gold mining camps in the southern Amazon region of Madre de Dios on July 14, 2015.

May 8, 2019

World Order
How the United States Can Recommit Itself to the Rules of an Open World

The United States should throttle back on great power adventurism and promote a transparent system of multilateral rules that advance mutual security and prosperity.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump addresses the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on September 25, 2018.

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.