Toward Effective Multilateralism: Why Bigger May Not Be Better

Author
Thomas Wright
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
The Washington Quarterly
Volume
32
Issue Number
3
Publication Date
July 2009
Institution
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Abstract
The past eight years have been a period of retreat and revival for multilateralism. Retreat in the face of the most concerted unilateralist strategy undertaken by a U.S. administration in half a century, and revival because, during the Bush administration's second term, there was an emerging political consensus that multilateralism was a critical element of U.S. power. Revival, however, promised not simply restoring multilateral institutions in U.S. strategy, but reforming or even replacing those institutions themselves. The ongoing financial crisis_with the Group of 20 (G-20), including leaders from Argentina, China, India, and South Africa, among others, taking on a leading role_has merely been the latest sign that greater multilateral cooperation is both necessary and difficult.
Political Geography
United States, China, India, South Africa, Argentina