International Order
Gather Stakeholders, Not a League of Democracies
Building multilateral security cooperation may require expanding the G-8

One path to Obama’s goal of restoring US standing, according to many foreign policy professionals, is to revitalize international political institutions such as the United Nations. Some have been calling for a new league or concert of democracies to offset the perceived ineffectiveness of the United Nations Security Council and other institutions. The common assumption underlying this idea is that authoritarian regimes in particular, acting in and through the United Nations, have repeatedly thwarted both US interests and broader security goals on pressing global...

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