The McKinsey Executive Roundtable Series in International Economics is presented by the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies and the Corporate Program.
Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group, joins Mark Tercek, president and chief executive officer at the Nature Conservancy, to discuss the World Bank Group’s efforts vis-à-vis climate change and a global climate agreement in Paris in 2015.
As the international community continues to work toward emissions reductions, some climate scientists are turning to the concept of geoengineering—the deliberate manipulation of the Earth’s climate—to offset the effects of climate change. The concept, however, raises scientific, political, and ethical questions. Join M. Granger Morgan and John D. Steinbruner to discuss the development of an international framework for geoengineering and the implications of these technologies for U.S. foreign policy.
What will be the most effective forums for international cooperation in regulating the global commons, and what leadership role should the United States play on these issues? What are the prospects for a climate change agreement at Copenhagen in 2009, and what role should the United States play? What are the prospects for "mini-lateral" cooperation-especially between the United States, European Union, China, and India-among major emitter countries?
With increasing attention to climate change in the presidential campaigns, as Congress tackles the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security bill, and as the world’s largest economies prepare to meet this summer to address global warming, a new CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force explains what the United States must do to confront the challenge. The report, Confronting Climate Change: A Strategy for U.S. Foreign Policy, argues that the United States must creatively leverage ambitious action at home to advance an effective foreign policy. It proposes a U.S. negotiating strategy for a global UN climate agreement, while also promoting a new and less formal Partnership for Climate Cooperation that would focus the world’s largest emitters on implementing aggressive emissions reductions. The report also provides recommendations on a host of controversial issues, including cap-and-trade legislation, international offsets, trade sanctions, biofuels, nuclear power, and assistance with adapting to climate change.
As the largest generator of electricity in the United States, China, and India and a leading source of carbon emissions, coal will play an important role in energy and climate change policy from local to global levels. New technologies such as carbon capture and sequestration have been touted as cure-alls for the environmental ills of carbon-emitting coal plants. But these technologies like many others may face significant technical and economic hurdles. Join Dr. Moniz, cochair of the recent MIT report “The Future of Coal,” and Representative Boucher to discuss the pivotal role of coal in the global energy and climate change debate.
10:00 - 11:45 a.m.
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Reception
10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Meeting
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As Arctic sea ice continues to melt, this November marked the close of the longest Arctic sailing and shipping season ever recorded. Please join Scott Borgerson and Paula Dobriansky to discuss the economic, environmental, and security implications of a changing Arctic region and its significance for the United States.
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Session One: Chinese Energy and Climate Strategy
Zhou Dadi, Professor, Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), People's Republic of China
Trevor Houser, Director, Energy & Climate Practice, Rhodium Group (RHG); Visiting Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Taiya Smith, Deputy Chief of Staff and Executive Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Presider: Elizabeth C. Economy, C. V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
8:00 to 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Reception
8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Meeting
Session Two: Energy Technology in China
Wu Zongxin, Director of Academic Committee, Institute of Nuclear Energy Technology, and Director, Energy Environment and Economy Institute, Tsinghua University
Edward S. Steinfeld, Associate Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Director, MIT-China Program, and Co-Director, China Energy Group, MIT Industrial Performance Center
Presider: Andrew Revkin, Science Reporter, New York Times
10:00 to 11:15 a.m. Meeting
Session Three: Policy Options for the United States
This session will focus on the findings and recommendations of the CFR Independent Task Force on Climate Change. The Task Force begins by arguing that the United States must lead with domestic action. It then turns its attention to the major emerging economies, including China, proposing a U.S. negotiating strategy for a global UN climate agreement that includes commitments from all major economies, while also promoting a less formal Partnership for Climate Cooperation that would focus the world's largest emitters on implementing emissions reductions.
George E. Pataki, Counsel, Chadbourne and Parke LLP; former Governor of New York; Co-chair, CFR Independent Task Force on Climate Change
Thomas J. Vilsack, Of Counsel, Dorsey & Whitney LLP; former Governor of Iowa; Co-chair, CFR Independent Task Force on Climate Change
Michael A. Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and Environment, Council on Foreign Relations; Director, CFR Independent Task Force on Climate Change
Presider: Robert Bazell, Chief Health & Science Correspondent, NBC News/MSNBC
11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Meeting
12:45 to 1:30 p.m. Buffet Lunch
The UN climate meeting could show progress on outstanding issues from previous rounds, but negotiators are focused on modest steps forward rather than major breakthroughs, says CFR's Michael Levi.
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Delegates at climate talks underway in South Africa would be better off addressing matters such as a global climate fund rather than trying to preserve the contentious Kyoto Protocol, says CFR's Michael Levi.
Pakistan's floods could presage a series of troubling natural disasters of direct concern to U.S. national security interests. Planning for them now is essential, writes CFR's Michael L. Baker.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Koblentz argues that the United States should work with other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near term and establish processes for multilateral arms control efforts over the longer term.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
Smith's insightful book explores the policy issues testing the Japanese government as it tries to navigate its relationship with an advancing China. More
This revolutionary new look at volatility and crisis in oil markets explores the conditions in which oil supply fears arise, gain popularity, and eventually wane. More
Maximalist finds lessons in the past that anticipate and clarify our chaotic present, revealing the history of U.S. foreign policy in an unexpected new light. More
Learn more about CFR’s mission and its work over the past year in the 2014 Annual Report. The Annual Report spotlights new initiatives, high-profile events, and authoritative scholarship from CFR experts, and includes a message from CFR President Richard N. Haass.
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