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Canada moves toward the AIIB
By David Bosco Likely in deference to U.S. wishes, Canada declined the opportunity to be a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the new Beijing-led multilateral lender. But it sure sounds like Ottawa is angling for membership now. And Chinese officials … Continue reading
The AIIB’s cautious first moves
China’s push to create the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) generated intense speculation that Beijing was challenging the existing multilateral architecture. With the AIIB’s first annual meeting just weeks away, what does the early evidence suggest about the course it will take? … Continue reading
Turkey feuds with UN human rights officials
By David Bosco Turkish officials are exchanging words with senior UN human rights monitors about the situation in the southeast of the country. Yesterday, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed alarm at the situation in the town of Cizre, in particular: … Continue reading
The IMF arrives in Ukraine
With Ukraine’s new government in place, a team from the International Monetary Fund has arrived for talks on how to restart the country’s stalled loan program. An International Monetary Fund team arrived in Kiev on Tuesday after the formation of a new … Continue reading
Disunity within the G4?
The discussions on reform of the United Nations Security Council are slogging on, with familiar battle lines in place. The central dispute remains between the Group of Four countries (G4) aspiring to permanent seats (Brazil, Germany, Japan, and India) and the … Continue reading
“Transforming our World by 2030” Some thoughts on the post 2015 zero draft
By Martin Edwards [Crossposted from Permanent Observer] On June 2, the co-facilitators of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda released their zero draft of the outcome document for the September summit on the Sustainable Development Goals. The release … Continue reading
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What Washington did wrong (and didn’t do wrong) on the AIIB
By David Bosco Today’s New York Times describes the remarkable appeal of Beijing’s most recent multilateral creation–the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB): That the United States’ allies in Europe and Asia flouted Washington’s appeals not to join the bank has … Continue reading
It’s time for the United States to join China’s new multilateral bank
By Sarah Cleeland Knight We learned last week that another key US ally, Australia, is poised to join the China-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Australia joins a growing list of countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Italy, … Continue reading
The Security Council and the ICC: signs of movement?
By David Bosco Last month, I wrote at some length about the possibility of a Security Council-mandated delay in any ICC investigation of Palestine. I argued that the United States would likely need to lead the push for a deferral, … Continue reading
Proposed SDG Governance Indicators: Rule of Law or Simply Rule?
By Martin Edwards [Crossposted from Permanent Observer] As work moves forward to complete the proposed Sustainable Development Goals, a working list of preliminary indicators for each of the goals recently circulated online. This list of indicators was developed by the … Continue reading