Stewart Patrick

Council on Foreign Relations; author of “The Sovereignty Wars: Reconciling America with the World”

Guest

 Senior fellow in Global Governance at the Council on Foreign Relations; author of “The Sovereignty Wars: Reconciling America with the World.”

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Yesterday, the  General Assembly gave the Palestinian Territories new status  at the United Nations. Opposition, including that of the US, mustered just nine voters against 138.

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