The Robina Foundation of Minneapolis, MN has awarded the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) a five-year, $10.3
million grant to expand its activities on international cooperation. This award is one of the largest operating grants
received in the history of CFR and will support its International Institutions and Global Governance (IIGG) Program.
This groundbreaking initiative, launched in 2008 with a generous grant from Robina, recognizes that existing
multilateral arrangements provide an inadequate foundation for addressing many of the global challenges facing the
United States, and focuses on the institutional requirements needed for effective multilateral cooperation in the twentyfirst century.
In its first three years, the IIGG Program has mapped the landscape of international bodies with its flagship multimedia
interactive, the Global Governance Monitor. IIGG has also produced more than twenty reports on priorities for
institutional reform, and provided policymakers with concrete recommendations for more effective management of the
world’s most pressing problems. The Program has educated domestic and foreign publics about the importance of the
United States’ role and stake in sustaining robust multilateral institutions. Finally, IIGG has transformed the
institutional culture of CFR itself, stimulating interdisciplinary collaboration among its more than eighty fellows and
enriching the programming available to CFR members.
IIGG has become a critical resource providing expertise on a range of issues for senior officials in the United States and
abroad. In a recent independent external assessment of IIGG, sources from the White House, State Department,
National Intelligence Council, and U.S. Senate attested that the IIGG Program’s impact has been “remarkable…direct
CFR Senior Fellow Stewart M. Patrick founded and currently leads the IIGG Program. Previously, Patrick was a
member of the U.S. Department of State’s policy planning staff, where he helped formulate U.S. policy on Afghanistan
and worked on a range of other global and transnational challenges. He graduated from Stanford University and
received his doctorate in international relations, as well as two masters’ degrees, from Oxford University, where he was
a Rhodes Scholar.
The Robina Foundation was established in 2004 as the primary beneficiary of the estate of prominent business and
community leader James H. Binger, a longtime CFR member. A former Honeywell CEO, Binger led the company
through its expansion into the defense, aerospace, and computer industries.
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