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May 31, 2011

International Organizations
BRICS, or Straw Men? Why the Next IMF Head Will Be European

France's Finance and Economy Minister Christine Lagarde shakes hands with Brazil's Central Bank President Alexandre Tombini during a meeting in Brasilia on May 30, 2011 (Ueslei Marcelino/ Cou…

BRICS, or Straw Men? Why the Next IMF Head Will Be European

June 3, 2011

Summer Reading: Ikenberry’s Liberal Leviathan

Liberal Leviathan (Princeton University Press, 2011) Given the pervasive hand-wringing about U.S. decline, it’s refreshing to read that the West’s best days may lie ahead. You can find that argumen…

Summer Reading: Ikenberry’s Liberal Leviathan

June 6, 2011

United States
The True Threat of Terrorist Safe Havens

Afghan President Hamid Karzai presents U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates with the Ghazi Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan Medal, Afghanistan's highest governmental award, in Kabul, Afghanistan, June…

The True Threat of Terrorist Safe Havens

June 7, 2011

International Organizations
The Trials of International Tribunals

Munira Salihovic poses with picture of her three sons and husband, who were killed during the Srebrenica massacre. (Dado Ruvic/Courtesy Reuters) Champions of international justice have been heartene…

Munira Salihovic poses with picture of her three sons and husband, who were killed during the Srebrenica massacre.

June 10, 2011

International Organizations
The Dragon and the Eagle at the UN: Limits to Cooperation

U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao sit across from one another during a September 2009 meeting at the United Nations (Kevin Lamarque/ Courtesy Reuters). --Beijing, Jun…

The Dragon and the Eagle at the UN: Limits to Cooperation

June 14, 2011

Regional Organizations
The SCO at 10: Growing, but Not into a Giant

Toys depicting troops of different nations are seen on a plan for the "Peace Mission 2010" exercises at the Matybulak military range in southern Kazakhstan (Shamil Zhumatov/ Courtesy Reuters). The I…

The SCO at 10: Growing, but Not into a Giant

June 15, 2011

China
Speaking of the SCO ...

Leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization walk during a meeting in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg June 15, 2009. Courtesy Reuters/RIA Novosti/Vladimir Rodionov/Pool. Over at another CFR blog…

Speaking of the SCO ...

June 20, 2011

International Organizations
U.S.-UN Relations: Back to the Future?

United Nations' Secretary General Kofi Annan meets with Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair Jesse Helms in 1997 (Luc Novovitch/ Courtesy Reuters). Toxic partisanship on Capitol Hill. A loom…

U.S.-UN Relations: Back to the Future?

June 22, 2011

Oceans and Seas
Sea Change: Our Dying Oceans

A view over the mountains of Moskenesoya, Lofoten islands, Norway (Cody Duncan). --Svolvaer, Norway The Internationalist is spending this week in the gorgeous Lofoten Islands of Norway, just below …

Sea Change: Our Dying Oceans

June 22, 2011

Politics and Government
The Failed States Index and Africa

Civilians flee from renewed fighting between government soldiers and the Al Shabaab in Somalia's capital Mogadishu May 24, 2011. (Feisal Omar/Courtesy Reuters) On June 20, Foreign Policy publish…

The Failed States Index and Africa