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August 24, 2016

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The International Energy Agency’s Hybrid Model

This guest post is co-authored by Stewart Patrick, senior fellow and director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Naomi Egel, form…

IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol at the China-IEA side event during the Paris climate negotiations (IEA/George Kamiya)

August 10, 2016

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The International Energy Agency’s Hybrid Model

In an article just published by Foreign Affairs, Naomi Egel and I argue that the International Energy Agency’s approach to integrating rising powers holds lessons for the reform of other global insti…

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April 2, 2019

United Nations
Funding the United Nations: What Impact Do U.S. Contributions Have on UN Agencies and Programs?

Many UN agencies, programs, and missions receive crucial funding from the United States. President Trump’s budget cuts could jeopardize their work.

May 21, 2019

South Africa
South Africa’s Blackouts Demonstrate Need for Distributed Energy Resources

This is a guest post by Benjamin Silliman, research associate for Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations and Payce Madden, researcher in African development. South …

A shopper looks for goods during an electricity load-shedding blackout in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 12, 2019.

February 29, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Obama Establishes Trade Enforcement Agency

The Obama administration signed an executive order creating a new agency to monitor and protect U.S. interests in international trade. The newly-minted Interagency Trade Enforcement Center will be ho…

A cargo ship cruises as the sun sets at Ala Moana beach ahead of the APEC meeting in Honolulu

September 30, 2014

Energy and Climate Policy
U.S. Energy Exports

Calls for lifting U.S. controls on energy exports are mounting as production nears a forty-five-year high.

An oil rig in North Dakota.

October 2, 2019

Tanzania
International Health Officials and Tanzania Clash Over Potential Ebola Case

On September 8, a woman in her mid-thirties died in Tanzania of apparently Ebola-like symptoms. Tanzanian health officials conducted an autopsy, but ruled that Ebola was not the cause of death. The p…

Health workers dressed in protective suits stand on the other side of an orange fence.

March 11, 2015

United States
A Conversation With U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy

Administrator McCarthy discusses the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to work with other nations to craft international climate policy and improve global environmental sustainability.

May 24, 2017

Technology and Innovation
Harnessing International Cooperation to Advance Energy Innovation

On March 29 and 30, the Council on Foreign Relations convened a workshop in New York to explore how international cooperation can accelerate energy innovation. The workshop, hosted by Douglas Dillon …

A power-generating wind turbine is reflected in solar panels near Mainz, Germany, on March 10, 2010.

July 15, 2019

Renewable Energy
A New Dawn for Wind Energy Infrastructure After the Production Tax Credit Sunset

The wind industry is approaching the end of its federal financial support. Political leaders around the country are debating the best ways to continue supporting the wind industry.

Power-generating windmill turbines are pictured at sunset at a wind park in Cagnicourt near Cambrai, France, May 22, 2019.