International Governance

U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman JoAnn S. Makinano / Ben Balter (background)

In Perpetual Peace, Immanuel Kant imagined a world unified under global government that preserved order and kept the peace. Even a cursory glance at the news is proof that Kant’s dream is as far off as ever. Nevertheless, there are already some institutions—the United Nations, international courts, the World Bank—that may yet transform themselves into the forerunners of a more internationalized governanceare system.  And increasingly, there are a number of specific, often technical, areas where international cooperation is so robust that a trajectory toward something akin to international governance is an real possibility. In the coming years, internet governance offers a particularly compelling test case.

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Cybersecurity

ICANN CEO To End Tenure

Fadi Chehade, the CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), has announced his intention to step down, effective March 2016.  The United States is in the midst of a transition that will, when completed, give up its contractual control of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA).  That authority is currently conducted by ICANN under contract to the Department of Commerce.  Current plans are for Commerce to

International Governance

On the Issue of “Jurisdiction” over ICANN

By now readers of this blog know, the United States is in the midst of a transition that will, when completed, give up its contractual control of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA).  That authority is currently conducted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) under contract to the Department of Commerce.  Current plans are for Commerce to end the contract in September 2015, and let ICANN manage the IANA function on its own.  Some, includi

International Governance

On Cyber Arms Control (Apropos of the New York Times Editorial)

A bit late, but one more observation about the New York Times editorial calling for cyber arms control. In their words, "the best way forward [to reduce cyber threats] is to accelerate international efforts to negotiate limits on the cyberarms race,” in much the same way that we did with the nuclear arms control treaties of the Cold War.

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