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Global Fellow Kathryn Lavelle Publishes New Book about the History of International Organizations and the Challenges They Face

Dr. Kathryn C. Lavelle, Ellen and Dixon Long Professor of World Affairs at Case Western Reserve University and Global Fellow at the Wilson Center recently published a book entitled The Challenges of Multilateralism. The Challenges of Multilateralism describes the history of international organizations through the lens of developments in the domestic politics of states and the industrial revolution.

 

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Dr. Kathryn C. Lavelle, Ellen and Dixon Long Professor of World Affairs at Case Western Reserve University and Global Fellow at the Wilson Center recently published a book entitled The Challenges of Multilateralism.

Dr. Lavelle is a prominent and distinguished political scientist whose expertise lies mainly in the fields of international relations, U.S. foreign policy, financial politics, congress in the world, and multilateralism. While a Residential Fellow at the Wilson Center, she also worked on a book called  Legislating International Organization: the US Congress, the IMF, and the World Bank.

The Challenges of Multilateralism is a far-reaching and in-depth analysis of the international organizational framework that exists in the world today. It chronicles the creation and development over time of different international organizations, intergovernmental or not, and uses a narrative style of writing to convey both the ways in which these institutions operate to solve the problems facing our world, as well as the governmental challenges that they face in trying to achieve their goals. The book deftly contrasts the divisive nationalist impulses and interests, as well as the lack of enforcement mechanisms that harm international institutions with the goals of these institutions (to fight poverty, seek peace, etc.) to give a fuller picture of international relations.

Dr. Lavelle has utilized research and her immense experience in the field of political science to evaluate the past and current state of international organizations in their attempt to improve the world, as well as give insights about the future of these institutions and the broader future of mulitilateralism in an ever-changing world.


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