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August 3, 2020

Energy and Environment
California’s Bold Conservation Push Is Part of a Hopeful Global Trend

Environmental stewardship pays economic and other dividends. Fortunately, many are acknowledging that natural capital is just as important for human prosperity and security as financial, physical, an…

A rainbow is seen across the Yosemite Valley in front of El Capitan granite rock formation in Yosemite National Park in California, on March 29, 2019.

July 27, 2020

Human Rights
U.S. Effort to ‘Nationalize’ Human Rights Undermines Them at Home and Abroad

The draft report of the U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights provides a gift to despotic regimes and reveals the Trump administration’s hypocritical human rights policy.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sits on stage in front of a large State Department logo before giving remarks on the draft report of the U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights.

July 20, 2020

Climate Change
The Case for Ecological Realism

The global environmental crisis has exposed the limitations of traditional political realism. It is time to embrace ecological realism. 

A child holds a sign that says "Children need future" at a climate change protest in Thailand.

July 13, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Leaving the WHO Is No Way to Deal With a Pandemic

The United States should abandon its misguided withdrawal from the World Health Organization and work instead toward reforming the institution. 

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

June 29, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Could the Coronavirus Pandemic Revive International Cooperation?

New thinking, enlightened leadership, and a favorable distribution of power are necessary for a more cooperative world to emerge in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Delegates, wearing protective face masks, attend a UN Human Rights Council session.

June 22, 2020

Global Governance
Remembering the San Francisco Conference That Created the United Nations

Seventy-five years ago this week, delegates from fifty nations signed the UN Charter.

Delegates to the UN Charter Conference meet in San Francisco, CA.

June 8, 2020

Global Governance
Expanding the G7 Makes Sense. Including Russia Does Not.

Russia's inclusion in an expanded G7 would run contrary to the group's aims and interests.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump points toward a raised hand during a news conference at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France.

August 4, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
TWE Book and Film Recommendations

Over the decade since I began blogging at The Water’s Edge I have periodically recommended books to read and films to watch. I have also occasionally asked colleagues to recommend books and movies. G…

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June 15, 2020

United States
Black Lives Matter—for Social Justice, and for America’s Global Role

Human rights abuses at home undermine U.S. global leadership.

Demonstrators hold a Black Lives Matter banner during a protest against racial inequality in New York City.

June 1, 2020

U.S. Foreign Policy
Under Trump, the United States Has Become an Irresponsible Stakeholder

U.S. President Donald J. Trump's disdain for multilateral cooperation has cost the United States its credibility as a responsible stakeholder in the international system.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump makes an announcement with American flags in the background.