A Summer Reading List for Glum Multilateralists

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, left, and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Refugee Summit, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Feb. 17, 2020 (AP photo by B.K. Bangash).
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, left, and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Refugee Summit, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Feb. 17, 2020 (AP photo by B.K. Bangash).
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Editor’s Note: Guest columnist Richard Gowan is filling in for Stewart M. Patrick, who will return next week. What books should admirers of the United Nations and international cooperation dive into this summer? Tomes about international institutions rarely make great beach reads. But with pandemic staycations still keeping the beach out of reach for many of us, they are not as heavy a lift this year as they were in summers past. And with foreign policy pundits sounding the alarm over a “crisis of multilateralism,” it can even be refreshing to dig into books that explain how the organizations involved […]

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