The Council on Foreign Relations is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher. The International Institutions and Global Governance (IIGG) program at the Council on Foreign Relations aims to identify the institutional requirements for effective multilateral cooperation today. IIGG is motivated by the recognition that global governance—largely reflecting the world as it existed in 1945—has not kept pace with fundamental changes in the international system. These include new transnational challenges, rising powers, and the mounting influence of nonstate actors. To this end, IIGG provides publications and workshops for policymakers to forge inventive solutions to these challenges. IIGG’s flagship publication, the Global Governance Monitor, is a multimedia interactive that evaluates international efforts to address eight pressing issues, ranging from terrorism to climate change.


Stewart Patrick

Stewart Patrick is senior fellow and director of the program on international institutions and global governance at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). His areas of expertise include multilateral cooperation in the management of global issues; US policy toward international institutions, including the United Nations; and the challenges posed by fragile, failing and post-conflict states. Mr. Patrick is the author, co-author or editor of five books, including Weak Links: Fragile States, Global Threats, and International Security (2011), and The Best Laid Plans: The Origins of American Multilateralism and the Dawn of the Cold War (2009), as well as numerous articles and chapters on the subjects of multilateral cooperation, state-building and US foreign policy. He is also the executive producer of CFR’s Global Governance Monitor (, an award-winning, web-based, multimedia initiative that maps and evaluates multilateral efforts to address global challenges. In addition, he writes the blog The Internationalist.