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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.

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

June 10, 2019

G20 (Group of Twenty)
The Group of Twenty

The Group of Twenty, an informal gathering of many of the world’s largest economies, is the premier global forum for discussing economic issues. But it faces challenges from U.S. protectionism and th…

2019 G20 Logo

June 10, 2019

North Korea
Defense in Support of Diplomacy: Re-designing the ROK-U.S. Deterrence Posture

The South Korea-U.S. alliance should guard against the erosion of defense capabilities, address constraints on its current military posture, and innovate its approach to security cooperation and dete…

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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.

March 7, 2019

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
The Lingering Specter of Nuclear War

Technological innovation and strategic competition appear to be increasing the risk of nuclear war. Mending the fraying international nuclear nonproliferation and arms control regimes should be a top…

A vehicle carrying a Russian Topol-M ICBM drives across Red Square in a Victory Day Parade in Moscow on May 9, 2008.

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.

May 23, 2019

United States
Trump's next Fed nominee wants a gold standard. It's an idea past its time.

In January 1986, Ronald Reagan marched into a meeting of his economic advisory board and let off steam about inflation. “I used to pay $50 for a suit,” he fumed. “Now $50 will hardly get it cleaned.”…

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.