The Internationalist

The Internationalist

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

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The 110 freeway carries far less traffic than usual in Los Angeles, California, on March 23, 2020. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Can the Lessons of the Coronavirus Pandemic Be Applied to Climate Change?

Contrasting COVID-19 with climate change underscores how urgency often trumps importance in motivating political action. Read More

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
As COVID-19 Runs Rampant, the UN Security Council Must Act
The disastrous stalemate between the United States and China is preventing the UN Security Council from issuing a powerful resolution, or even a declaration, to mobilize the international system against the pandemic.
Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The Multilateral System Still Cannot Get Its Act Together on COVID-19
In the absence of U.S. leadership, multilateral responses to COVID-19 have been inadequate to date.
Tackling COVID-19: A Problem So Big, You Can See It From Space
Links between COVID-19 and other global challenges underscore the importance of multilateral cooperation across a broad array of issue areas.
  • Public Health Threats and Pandemics
    Global Leadership Is in Quarantine Just When It Is Needed Most
    Contrasting the current pandemic with past crises underscores U.S. President Donald J. Trump's abdication of global leadership.
  • Immigration and Migration
    How Should the World Respond to the Coming Wave of Climate Migrants?
    Nations should use existing international institutions, instruments, and laws to protect and assist vulnerable populations, while mobilizing foreign aid to help communities in the developing world absorb the coming wave of environmental migrants.
  • Democracy
    With the United States Backsliding, Who Will Defend Democracy in the World?
    A new Freedom House report finds that India and the United States were among the foremost contributors last year to democratic backslide and that global freedom continues to decline.
  • Global Commons
    A Responsibility to Protect the Earth? Reframing Sovereignty in the Anthropocene
    Protecting the biosphere requires new conceptions of sovereign obligation.
  • Coronavirus
    The Coronavirus Outbreak Is the Shape of Things to Come
    Far from an anomaly, the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak is the shape of things to come as development and globalization are driving a new era of infectious disease.
  • Diplomacy and International Institutions
    The Corrosion of World Order in the Age of Donald Trump
    Can the world still work together to address today’s most pressing global challenges? A broken economic order, Trump’s incoherent foreign policy, and the corrosion of trust offer little to be optimistic about.
  • World Order
    Can Trump’s Successor Save the Liberal International Order?
    President Trump's successor can rejuvenate the liberal international order by reconsolidating the West, giving globalization a human face, and bolstering support for democracy and human rights around the world.