Stewart M. Patrick

The Internationalist

Patrick assesses the future of world order, state sovereignty, and multilateral cooperation.

Israel Loses European Support on Palestinian Statehood

by Stewart M. Patrick Thursday, November 29, 2012
France's Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius (R) greets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas before a meeting and the signing of a convention for a financial aid to Palestine on June 7, 2012 at the Quai d'Orsay Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris (Pierre Verdy/Courtesy Reuters).

Today’s vote within the UN General Assembly gave overwhelming support to the Palestinian quest for nonmember status—marking a significant diplomatic development in the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which should give pause to political leaders in Israel and the United States. Read more »

Back to The Future? Ikenberry and Deudney’s Democratic Internationalism

by Stewart M. Patrick Monday, November 26, 2012
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt at the dedication of a new high school in Hyde Park, New York on October 5, 1940. In the photograph are Mrs. Hardy Steelhom, Mrs. J.R. Roosevelt, Thomas Qualters, FDR, and Eleanor Roosevelt.(Courtesy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park, New York.)

Two prominent political scientists, G. John Ikenberry of Princeton and Daniel Deudney of Johns Hopkins, have a new paper out guaranteed to give realists—and conservatives generally—fits. Democratic Internationalism: An American Grand Strategy for a Post-exceptionalist Era is an unabashed liberal plea to restore the New Deal foundations of U.S. domestic as well as international policy. To preserve an open world order under the rule of law,  the authors contend, the United States must return to the principles it embraced under the administrations of FDR and Harry Truman, namely: a bipartisan commitment to liberal internationalism, solidarity with the world’s most established democracies, and a dedication to the progressive welfare state at home and abroad. Read more »

ASEAN’s Future—and Asia’s

by Stewart M. Patrick Thursday, November 15, 2012
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (front row 4th L) poses with ASEAN Secretary General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan (front row 5th L) and other ASEAN leaders during a meeting at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta September 4, 2012. (Courtesy: REUTERS/Jim Watson)

It’s telling that President Obama’s first foreign trip after winning reelection takes him to Asia, the historical hinge of the twenty-first century. The president will visit three Southeast Asian nations: He’ll mark one hundred and eighty years of diplomatic relations with Thailand, a staunch U.S. ally in the region. He’ll become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Myanmar, a nation emerging from five decades of military rule. And he’ll attend the East Asia Summit in Cambodia, reaffirming the presence of the United States as a Pacific power and a geopolitical counterweight to China. Read more »

November Surprise: The United States Wins Second Term on UN Human Rights Council

by Guest Blogger for Stewart M. Patrick Tuesday, November 13, 2012
United States Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe listens to a speech during the Human Rights Council special session on the situation in Syria at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva on June 1, 2012 (Denis Balibouse/Courtesy Reuters).

In the wake of the U.S. reelection to the UN Human Rights Council, Ryan Kaminski, the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) Leo Nevas Human Rights Fellow, offers his analysis of how the Obama administration can take advantage of this election.

On November 12, the United States won a second term on the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), following a vote by the 193 members of the UN General Assembly. Read more »

The Future of Middle East Regionalism: Can an Institutional Desert Bloom?

by Stewart M. Patrick Monday, November 12, 2012
A general view of the Arab League foreign ministers meeting on Syria at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo on November 12 , 2012 (Asmaa Waguih/Courtesy Reuters).

—Cairo, November 12, 2012

It is a paradox of the modern Middle East that an area so rife with common security, economic, and ecological challenges should be such an institutional desert when it comes to regional cooperation. A fascinating two-day conference this weekend at the American University in Cairo (AUC) discussed whether recent political openings might portend deeper multilateral cooperation in the near future. Sponsored by AUC and the Council on Foreign Relations, the meeting on “Regional Cooperation in the New Middle East” offered only the faintest glimmers of hope that the Arab Spring would auger a new burst of multilateralism in the Middle East. Read more »

Charting the Future of Global Development

by Stewart M. Patrick Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Courtesy Reuters

For more than a decade, the global conversation about development has been dominated by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Established at the United Nations’ Millennium Summit of 2000, these eight objectives focused on what the international community could do to meet basic human needs in the developing world. Read more »

Turbulent Waters: The United States, China, and the South China Sea

by Stewart M. Patrick Friday, November 2, 2012
Filipino protesters shout anti-China slogans while holding placards during a demonstration outside the Chinese consulate in Manila's Makati financial district May 11, 2012. About 200 Filipino activists held a protest on Friday outside a Chinese consular office in Manila over the disputed Scarborough Shoal islands in the South China Sea claimed by both nations (Erik de Castro/ Courtesy Reuters).

–Singapore (November 2, 2012)

The dynamic city-state and commercial entrepot of Singapore offers an ideal vantage point to consider the geopolitical and economic crosscurrents washing over East Asia. The past three years have underscored the contradictions between East Asia’s dual geoeconomic and geopolitical orders. Notwithstanding China’s modest recent slowdown, three decades of explosive growth have made it the region’s clear economic fulcrum. At the same time, regional stability remains undergirded by a “hub and spoke” system of longstanding bilateral alliances between the United States and China’s neighbors—including Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, and Thailand—as well as emerging security partnerships with Indonesia, Vietnam, and others. Read more »