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The Sovereignty Wars: Reconciling America with the World

The Sovereignty Wars: Reconciling America with the World

CFR Global Governance Fellow Stewart Patrick discusses his new book, "The Sovereignty Wars: Reconciling America with the World."

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
12:00 PM
UCLA Bunche Hall, Room 4357

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ABOUT THE BOOK - "The Sovereignty Wars: Reconciling America with the World"

As the recent election made clear, sovereignty is one of the most frequently invoked, controversial, and misunderstood concepts in American politics. The Trump campaign and administration’s “America First” policy raises questions about the future of the United States’ global leadership and role in international cooperation. However, as global integration deepens and cross-border challenges grow, the nation’s fate is increasingly tied to that of other countries, whose cooperation is needed to exploit the shared opportunities and mitigate the common risks of interdependence in order to shape the United States’ destiny in a global age. The Sovereignty Wars is intended to help today’s policymakers think more clearly about what is actually at stake in the sovereignty debate, and provides some criteria for determining when it is appropriate to make bargains over sovereignty and how to make them.


Stewart M. Patrick is James H. Binger senior fellow in global governance and director of the International Institutions and Global Governance (IIGG) Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). His areas of expertise include multilateral cooperation on global issues; U.S. policy toward international institutions, including the United Nations; and the challenges posed by fragile and post–conflict states. Patrick is the author of the forthcoming book The Sovereignty Wars: Reconciling America with the World, as well as Weak Links: Fragile States, Global Threats, and International Security. He also writes the blog, The Internationalist.

From 2005 to April 2008, he was research fellow at the Center for Global Development. He directed the center's research and policy engagement on the intersection between security and development, with a particular focus on the relationship between weak states and transnational threats and on the policy challenges of building effective institutions of governance in fragile settings. He also taught at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.

From September 2002 to January 2005, Patrick served on the secretary of state's policy planning staff, with lead staff responsibility for U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and a range of global and transnational issues, including refugees and migration, international law enforcement, and global health affairs. He joined the staff as an international affairs fellow at CFR.

Prior to government service, Patrick was from 1997 to 2002 a researcher at the Center on International Cooperation at New York University, where he ran two multi-scholar research programs on post-conflict reconstruction and on multilateralism and U.S. foreign policy.

Patrick graduated from Stanford University and received two master’s degrees and his doctorate in international relations from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of five books. He has also authored numerous articles and chapters on the subjects of multilateral cooperation, state-building, and U.S. foreign policy.




Sponsor(s): Burkle Center for International Relations, Political Science