Grasping Malfunctional International Organizations

In a world of bad news, it can be tempting to point fingers and deflect blame. How can we make sense of the crisis of multilateralism in a context where confusion is so pervasive?

The Provocation of National Self-Determination

Whether it leads to independence or annexation, national self-determination is just as provocative a principle of international law today as it was when it first emerged in revolutionary-era France.

The Spectre of the Doha Round

For more than twenty years, the Doha Round has fuelled discussions in the world of trade and development. In significant ways, the World Trade Organization still faces the ghost of its past promises.

Key Insight

“Organizations, as we shall see, certainly create their own belief systems, and then people within them find it a struggle to discover new solutions within the old paradigm.”
David Campbell, 2000