Global Governance, International Relations , United States A Strategic Roadmap for Reentry 2021 and Beyond: U.S. Institutional Commitments in a New Geo-strategic Environment

February 18, 2021
By William Burke-White | Perry World House and Brookings Institution

On October 15 and 16, 2020, Perry World House and the Foreign Policy Program of the Brookings Institution jointly convened a virtual, non-partisan workshop to assess the state of U.S. multilateral policy and develop strategic recommendations for U.S. reengagement with the international order under the next administration.

Our new report draws on those conversations, taking into account the subsequent outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, to assess the shifting global landscape of multilateralism, develop a set of principles to guide U.S. multilateral efforts going forward, and offer concrete action items for a new administration seeking to re-engage the international order. The report is authored by William Burke-White, Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Burke-White served as Inaugural Director of Perry World House from 2014-2019.

Click here to read the report.

Alongside the report, we have also published a series of thought pieces from scholars and policy practitioners who attended the workshop, exploring different aspects of what strategic U.S. reengagement might look like.

Keeping Protectionism at Bay in the Post-pandemic World by Anu Bradford

How the Lack of U.S. Leadership on International Human Rights Commitments Has Changed the Landscape of Human Rights Compliance and Enforcement by Esther D. Brimmer

A Strategic Roadmap for Reentry 2021 and Beyond: International Economic Governance by Chris Brummer 

U.S.-China Cooperation at the United Nations by Courtney J. Fung

A Strategic Roadmap for Reentry 2021 and Beyond: International Economic Governance by Kori Schake

U.S. (Re)engagement Strategies on Climate Change in the 2020s by Koko Warner