Energy and Environment

Op-Ed

Rethinking Iran

Authors: Eric Edelman, Dennis Ross, and Ray Takeyh
The Washington Post

With the extension on the nuclear deal with Iran, Western powers would do well to reconfigure their assumptions on how to pressure Iran into a deal, writes CFR’s Ray Takeyh. Instead of economic or diplomatic punitive measures, the United States needs a comprehensive and coercive strategy that would mend fences between the White House and Congress on the foreign policy front, strengthen alliances in the Middle East, and isolate Iran from its partners.

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Op-Ed

What to Expect from Obama?

Author: Julia E. Sweig
Folha de Sao Paulo

Following Barack Obama's executive action to give as many as five million immigrants legal status in the United States, Julia Sweig reflects in her column on other potential areas where the President could leave his mark during his last two years in office.

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Transcript

Fatih Birol on the World Energy Outlook 2014

Speaker: Fatih Birol
Presider: Michelle Patron

Fatih Birol, chief economist at the International Energy Agency, joins Michelle Patron, senior director for energy and climate change at the National Security Council, to discuss the current energy landscape and key findings from the 2014 World Energy Outlook.

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Video

Fatih Birol on the World Energy Outlook 2014

Speaker: Fatih Birol
Presider: Michelle Patron

Fatih Birol, chief economist at the International Energy Agency, joins Michelle Patron, senior director for energy and climate change at the National Security Council, to discuss the current energy landscape and key findings from the 2014 World Energy Outlook.

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Audio

Fatih Birol on the World Energy Outlook 2014

Speaker: Fatih Birol
Presider: Michelle Patron

Fatih Birol, chief economist at the International Energy Agency, joins Michelle Patron, senior director for energy and climate change at the National Security Council, to discuss the current energy landscape and key findings from the 2014 World Energy Outlook.

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Transcript

Resources to Riches? What’s Needed to Create Sustainable Resource Development

Speakers: Christine Bader, Marcus Noland, and Ann M. Veneman

Christine Bader, visiting scholar and lecturer at Columbia University, Marcus Noland, executive vice president and director of studies at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and
Ann M. Veneman, former executive director at UNICEF and former U.S. secretary of agriculture, join Peter H. Lehner, executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council to dicuss their experiences with agriculture and extractive industries in resource-rich developing countries.

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Audio

Resources to Riches? What’s Needed to Create Sustainable Resource Development

Speakers: Christine Bader, Marcus Noland, and Ann M. Veneman
Presider: Peter H. Lehner

Christine Bader, visiting scholar and lecturer at Columbia University, Marcus Noland, executive vice president and director of studies at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and
Ann M. Veneman, former executive director at UNICEF and former U.S. secretary of agriculture, join Peter H. Lehner, executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council to dicuss their experiences with agriculture and extractive industries in resource-rich developing countries.

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Video

Resources to Riches? What’s Needed to Create Sustainable Resource Development

Speakers: Christine Bader, Marcus Noland, and Ann M. Veneman
Presider: Peter H. Lehner

Christine Bader, visiting scholar and lecturer at Columbia University, Marcus Noland, executive vice president and director of studies at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and Ann M. Veneman, former executive director at UNICEF and former U.S. secretary of agriculture, join Peter H. Lehner, executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council to dicuss their experiences with agriculture and extractive industries in resource-rich developing countries.

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Op-Ed

Should the U.S. Take Unilateral Action on Climate Policy?

Authors: Michael A. Levi and Andrew P. Morriss
Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal asks Michael Levi and Andrew P. Morriss whether the U.S. should act unilaterally to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Levi answers “yes,” arguing that cutting greenhouse gas emissions now would enhance public health and the international credibility of the United States, and that reasonable action now would reduce long-term costs.

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Primary Sources

U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change

U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping met on the sidelines of the 2014 meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and released a climate change agreement on November 11, 2014. The agreement includes each country's goals for cutting carbon emissions. In 2013, the two countries also signed an agreement to reducing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), emissions that deplete ozone layers.

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Foreign Affairs Article

Vindicating Volatility

Authors: Michael A. Levi and Robert McNally

While oil prices over the last three years were the smoothest in decades, volatility is back and here to stay argue Michael Levi and Robert McNally. Levi and McNally explain how price fluctuations, rather than high prices, endanger global economic growth.

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