International Organizations

International Organizations

The preeminent responsibility of the United States government is to defend and protect the American people and advance their interests and welfare domestically and abroad.

Fulfilling this responsibility requires the U.S. to engage in a broad spectrum of bilateral and multilateral relationships, international organizations, and legal agreements and treaties. However, it is imperative that the U.S. understand that these relations are not an end but merely a means for securing the safety, prosperity, and opportunities of the American people.

 

REPORT

How Should Americans Think About International Organizations?

Brett D. Schaefer

Oct 26, 2011 10 min read

REPORT

How the U.S. Should Address Rising Chinese Influence at the United Nations

Brett D. Schaefer

Aug 20, 2019 25 min read

TESTIMONY

The U.N. Peacekeeping Scale of Assessment: Methodology and Disproportionate ...

Brett D. Schaefer

May 15, 2019 16 min read

REPORT

United Nations Peacekeeping Flaws and Abuses: The U.S. Must Demand Reform

Brett D. Schaefer

Aug 3, 2016 41 min read

REPORT

The U.S. Response to ICC Investigation into Alleged Crimes in Afghanistan

Brett D. Schaefer

Nov 15, 2017 15 min read

REPORT

What the World Health Organization Must Do to Earn Back U.S. Support

Aug 7, 2020 8 min read

REPORT

The U.S. Must Promote Democratic Leadership in Interpol

Theodore R. Bromund

Nov 10, 2020 12 min read

REPORT

Chinese Leadership of WIPO: A Threat to Intellectual Property

Brett D. Schaefer

Feb 13, 2020 16 min read

COMMENTARY

REPORT

Time to Reconsider U.S. Support of UNRWA

Mar 5, 2015 16 min read

REPORT

U.N. Repeating Past Mistakes in New Sustainable Development Goals

Jul 23, 2014 5 min read

REPORT

The United Nations and Development: Grand Aims, Modest Results

Ambassador Terry Miller

Sep 22, 2010 43 min read

REPORT

Restoring the Role of the Nation-State System in Arms Control and Disarmament

Baker Spring

Sep 21, 2010 43 min read

REPORT

The U.S. Should Not Rejoin the United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Brett D. Schaefer

Oct 29, 2014 6 min read

COMMENTARY

REPORT

Kigali Amendment: Little Benefit to the Climate, Great Cost to the U.S. Economy

Apr 30, 2018 16 min read

TESTIMONY

Women’s Rights Are Human Rights: U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the E...

Steven Groves

Dec 1, 2010 9 min read

REPORT

Ratifying the Disabilities Convention Will Not Help Americans with Disabilit...

Steven Groves

Jun 24, 2013 19 min read

TESTIMONY

The Law of the Sea: Costs of U.S. Accession to UNCLOS

Steven Groves

Jun 14, 2012 29 min read

REPORT

Withdrawing from the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change

May 25, 2017 20 min read

More about

International Organizations

Reconciling U.S. interests with the varying efficacy of international organizations and treaties does not lend itself to a bumper sticker policy. The United States must be flexible in its approach. If the United States and other nations operate only multilaterally, they hand the spoilers the means to frustrate their efforts. Multilateralism is a tool, not an end in itself. America should be willing to work through international organizations and ratify international agreements to address genuinely shared concerns, but it must not be held hostage by an irrational adherence to these approaches, nor should it be shy about using the tools available to it—including withholding financial support—to bolster its efforts to reform these organizations and advance U.S. interests.