On Sept. 16, on the eve of the opening of this year’s United Nations General Assembly, John Ruggie passed away. A giant in the study and practice of world politics, Ruggie’s writings left a lasting impression on a generation of colleagues and students, and his contributions to multilateral cooperation as a U.N. official will reverberate for many more. In a half-century career straddling academia and policymaking, Ruggie enriched our collective understanding of the normative sinews of world order and the endless possibilities of international cooperation. 

It is rare for academics to have a direct policy impact, but Ruggie certainly did. He served in the U.N. from 1997 to 2001 as assistant secretary-general for strategic planning, helping to design both the U.N. Global Compact and the Millennium Development Goals. He rejoined the organization in 2005 as a special envoy to the U.N. secretary-general, spearheading…

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