Global Governance

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Center scholars will debate the extent to which the liberal world order designed at the end of World War II has become outdated.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.

Paper Tiger/Porcelain Dragon: Sino-American Competition for Global Leadership

At the end of 2017, it is clear that the broad framework of U.S.-China relations is a global competition to shape norms, institutions, and values… if the United States is still interested in international leadership. The U.S. asserts prerogatives based on assumptions about its primacy that much of the world may no longer share. China is more confident of its international role, but confidence doesn’t necessarily make it more capable.

Xi's Pax-Sino Vision

In a three-hour speech at October’s Communist Party Congress, General Secretary Xi Jinping proclaimed China’s rightful return to the center of the world and promised to “make greater contributions for mankind.” He also put forth China’s governance model (socialism with Chinese characteristics) as “a brand-new choice for … countries … that wish to accelerate development and maintain their own independence.”