From Russia to China to Brazil, experts from think tanks around the world gave international cooperation a C grade in 2018.
From Russia to China to Brazil, experts from think tanks around the world gave international cooperation a C grade in 2018.

May 7, 2019 — The new Report Card on International Cooperation awarded a middling grade of C to international efforts to solve the world’s most pressing problems in 2018, barely up from a C– in 2017, but marking the first time the overall grade has improved in the four years that a grade has been assigned.

The Council of Councils (CoC) — a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) initiative comprising 28 major international policy institutes — surveyed the heads of member think tanks to evaluate multilateral efforts to address 10 key global challenges, from global health and climate change to cyber governance and transnational terrorism. The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is the CoC's sole Canadian member.

“This [grade] reflected in part a recognition that the world could be disorderly but that progress is still possible,” the Report Card notes.

“At a time when the world should be coming together to tackle important contemporary matters such as climate change or cybercrime, or next generation issues such as governance regimes for new technologies, a profound disinterest in global cooperation among traditional powers prevails,” said CIGI President Rohinton P. Medhora, whose commentary is featured throughout the Report Card. 

"The world faces a more confrontational and nationalist global governance order than ever witnessed in the post–World War II era. The world is in uncharted territory.”

Read the full Council of Councils Report Card on International Cooperation

About the Council of Councils

The Council of Councils is a CFR initiative connecting leading foreign policy institutes from around the world in a common conversation on issues of global governance and multilateral cooperation. The Council of Councils draws on the best thinking from around the world to find common ground on shared threats, build support for innovative ideas, and introduce remedies into the public debate and policymaking processes of member countries.

About the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

We are the Centre for International Governance Innovation: an independent, non-partisan think tank with an objective and uniquely global perspective. Our research, opinions and public voice make a difference in today’s world by bringing clarity and innovative thinking to global policy making. By working across disciplines and in partnership with the best peers and experts, we are the benchmark for influential research and trusted analysis.

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