Global Governance

The Future of Arctic Cooperation in a Changing Strategic Environment: A Report by RAND

In recent years, the Arctic has been increasingly described as a region of intensifying geostrategic competition. Though cooperation in the Arctic region remains strong, questions have emerged about how resilient it would be to major changes, some of which the region is already experiencing, and whether the current patterns of cooperation between nations would continue.

Damning Findings: The JIT and Bellingcat Reports on the Downing of Flight MH17


Getting Out from In-Between

At the core of the dispute between Russia and the West is the contest over the countries physically located between them: Ukraine first and foremost, but also Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. While the relationship between Russia and the West was far from ideal before 2014, it was the Ukraine crisis that fundamentally changed that relationship.

Confronting Challenges to the Liberal World Order

A panel of Wilson Center scholars will debate the extent to which the liberal world order designed at the end of World War II has become outdated. The challenges posed by rising powers, alternative governance institutions, and non-state actors will be discussed, as well as proposals to update the institutions that have preserved that world order.
Does the ‘liberal’ characterization reflect today's realities? Should states accept negotiating frameworks with jihadis? What role should the U.S. play?

Event Summary: A Conversation with Brazil’s Deputy Foreign Minister Marcos Galvão

In his most recent visit to Washington, Ambassador Marcos Galvão, Secretary General of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations, argued that Brazilian foreign policy remains active despite the international focus on the country’s domestic tribulations. Under the current administration, Brazil has sought more strategic relations with traditional trade partners while seeking out new partnerships in Europe and Asia.

Protecting Polar Ocean Spaces

Two landmark events occurred in the closing months of 2017 that demonstrate the ability of nations to protect the Polar Regions. In December, nine nations and the European Union successfully concluded negotiations on an agreement to prevent unregulated fishing in the high seas portion of the Central Arctic Ocean (CAO). In the same month, 24 nations and the European Union welcomed the entry into force of the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Antarctica.