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November 15, 2017

Energy and Climate Policy
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks between Vice President Mike Pence (L) and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt prior to signing an executive order on "Energy Independence," eliminating Obama-era climate change regulations, March 28, 2017. Hippocratic Oath for Bonn

This post is authored by Lindsay Iversen, associate director for climate and resources at the Council on Foreign Relations' Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies. You can follow her on twitter @li…

October 20, 2017

China
A Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle is seen at Stewart Chevrolet in Colma, California. China Is Poised to Take Over This Industry. America Can’t Let It Happen.

Ashley Feng is a research associate for China Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Sagatom Saha is a Fulbright researcher studying energy reform. The future of transportation will be elect…

November 12, 2014

China
A worker inspects solar panels at a solar Dunhuang, 950km (590 miles) northwest of Lanzhou, Gansu Province September 16, 2013. China is pumping investment into wind power, which is more cost-competitive than solar energy and partly able to compete with coal and gas. China is the world's biggest producer of CO2 emissions, but is also the world's leading generator of renewable electricity. Environmental issues will be under the spotlight during a working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Michael Levi: What the Big U.S.-China Climate Announcement Means

During the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Beijing, U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping jointly announced new targets to cut climate pollution in their resp…

January 8, 2018

North Korea
An Olympic Window for Korean Nuclear De-escalation An Olympic Window for Korean Nuclear De-escalation

Jongsoo Lee is senior managing director at Brock Securities and center associate at Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University. The opinions expressed here are solely his own. …

October 12, 2015

Deforestation_resized Guest Post: Financing to Protect Forests: Will Carbon Markets Deliver?

Carbon markets, once touted as a golden ticket for funding efforts to reduce deforestation, have yet to deliver on their promise. In this guest post, Brian Murray, research professor of environmental…

December 12, 2017

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe-informal-economy-workers-vendors-mnangagwa Zimbabwe’s Informal Economy Has High Expectations for Change

Though President Mnangagwa faces a withered and splintered democratic opposition, a key test for him and his government will be how restive informal workers like street vendors and their associations fare in the coming years.

January 9, 2018

Energy and Climate Policy
A coal-fired power plant is pictured near a construction site in Beijing, China, December 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee Green Giants? Sectoral Obstacles and Opportunities to Reduce Carbon Emissions in China and India

This guest post is co-authored by Joshua Busby, associate professor of public affairs at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the LBJ School at the University of Texas a…

January 2, 2018

Digital Policy
Representatives from Twitter, Facebook and Google testify before a Senate Judiciary Crime and Terrorism Subcommitte Year in Review: Tech Companies Grapple with Disinformation

2017 was the year that tech companies faced a difficult reckoning over their role in spreading online disinformation.

December 28, 2017

Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari supporters at a solidarity rally in Abuja, Nigeria August 11, 2017. Nigeria Is Not Corrupt, Nigerians Are Corrupt

Changes to law and institutions will come later, but it starts with people. Unless Nigerians choose to stop participating in and enabling corruption, the country will not move forward.

December 21, 2017

Cybersecurity
UN Security Council The Year in Review: The Death of the UN GGE Process?

An effort at the United Nations to clarify norms of state behavior in cyberspace suffered a setback this year, perhaps causing the United States to alter its cyber norm promotion efforts.