International Organizations

My Post at New Security Beat






Most African states are more vulnerable and less prepared to address climate change challenges than the rest of the world. This observation is supported by a wide variety of sources, including […] Source: Africa’s Regional Powers Are Key to Climate Negotiations – But Will They Cooperate?

The ICC’s impacts






There is an interesting discussion at the Monkey Cage on the impacts of the ICC. This should interest some of my International Law and Africa in World Politics students. “How is the ICC supposed to work?” (James Fearon) To me it looks like a well-intentioned but not fully thought out institutional experiment that will tend…

Africa Notes: Africa and the WTO






Regardless of the Doha Round’s continued stumbles, the WTO is alive and relevant. In fact, its dispute settlement system handled more new disputes in 2012 than in a decade or more (World Trade Law). African states continue to stay engaged with the institution. Only one African state is involved in the new disputes. South Africa…

Global Elections: the race to be the next leader of the WTO






After 8 years in office, Pascal Lamy, the long-standing, cool-headed leader of the World Trade Organization will step down. Lamy (France, and former EC Commissioner for Trade) was the fifth Director-General of the WTO. Past leaders included Supachai Panitchpakdi (2002-2005, Thailand), Mike Moore (1999-2002, New Zealand), Renato Ruggiero (1995-1999, Italy) and Peter Sutherland (1993-1995, Ireland,…

Africa Notes: WTO Roundup






The WTO and Sustainable Development Lesotho Ambassador Mothae Maruping is the current chair of the WTO’s Committee on Trade and Development. ICTSD has a nice report of their recent meeting and its focus on sustainable development. One thought is how to integrate the WTO’s Aid for Trade program with the goal of developing a green…

ISA 2012: Presentation on Participation in IOs






Here is the abstract of the paper I am presenting tomorrow: This paper addresses an understudied, but highly relevant research question: why do states participate in some international organizations more than others?  Playing an active role in all fields of global governance requires resources that only a few countries have.  Most countries have to pick…

The WTO’s Doha Round






The Doha Round still limps along. You know the WTO is in trouble when… … The Financial Times says negotiations are dead. In 2008 they argued that leaders should admit the talks are over. They haven’t really been optimistic since. … We start to argue that an assassination will save it. Jagdish Bhagwati, one of…

Mubarak is gone, and the African Union is MIA






This coming Monday there will be a Foundation Laying Ceremony for the African Union’s new “Peace and Security” Building at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This buidling houses the AU’s efforts to support peace, security, and stability across the Continent. One can only hope that this structural foundation will be more than just…

The WTO, Summer 2010






The World Trade Organization (WTO) has been central to my research agenda for a long time now. I am currently in the process of completing a book manuscript that examines African participation and influence in global economic governance. I begin with the assumption that they have to work through coalitions, and then proceed to consider…

The spread of norms and the UN vote to make access to water a human right






A friend from my Peace Corps days posted on Facebook the UN press release that the General Assembly has adopted a resolution “Recognizing Access to Clean Water, Sanitation as Human Right, By Recorded Vote of 122 in Favour, None Against, 41 Abstentions.” This isn’t exactly getting major press coverage. And, indeed, just because the UN…