On Tuesday, the city of Beijing issued the “red alert” over air pollution levels in the country’s capital. The highest level of air quality alert came as the United Nations climate talks entered the second week in Paris, where the Chinese government under President Xi Jinping has demonstrated an unprecedented level of openness to discussing the global challenge of climate change.
Much of the focus at the Paris climate summit that began on November 30 will be on the delegations from the United States, China, and India, and the pledges of the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitters to limit emissions, protect forests, and launch rigorous renewable energy projects.
UN climate negotiations are sort of like the holiday season. In the lead up there is always huge amounts of anticipation, lots of planning and logistics, and the promise of something new, merry, and important. The event itself is chaotic with lots of complicated family dynamics and the ever-present threat of someone storming off in a huff.
For the next two weeks, parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be gathered in Paris for the 21st Conference of Parties (COP) to negotiate an agreement designed to coordinate global action on climate change post-2020.
Climate change is an important issue today, touching on virtually all facets of policymaking ranging from transportation to urban planning to economic policy, electricity, and international affairs.
The success of the U.S.-ROK civil nuclear negotiations, concluded on June 15, 2015, was not at all guaranteed from the start. At the outset of negotiations, the two sides appeared to have little in common on the key issues that mattered. This report derived four framing contexts for the success of the negotiations.
Economic sanctions have become the tool of choice for American foreign policy. This is particularly true after recent painful experience with military interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq and because of the perceived success of past economic sanctions.
The world relies heavily on fossil fuels to meet its energy needs, and the development and trade of those fuels has influenced relationships among countries throughout modern history.
Countries and companies of all sizes continue to adjust to the new economic and market realities following the oil price collapse of 2014. And while the growth in U.S.
An annual collection of wide-ranging essays by CSIS experts, 2016 Global Forecast discusses the issues that will matter most to America and the world’s security and prosperity in the year ahead.