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December 4, 2015

Climate Change
Stewart Patrick: Combating Climate Change Beyond Paris

The UN climate talks in Paris are just one part of the international climate policy regime, write Stewart Patrick, director of the Program on International Institutions and Global Governance, and Res…

November 23, 2015

International Organizations
Paris is Just One Piece of the Climate Change Puzzle

Coauthored with Naomi Egel, research associate in the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Next week’s Paris meeting on climate change—offici…

The Eiffel Tower is seen at sunset in Paris, France, on November 22, 2015.

August 7, 2017

United States
California Seizes Climate Leadership After Trump Abandons Paris Accord

In an article recently published by Foreign Affairs, I examine how California has demonstrated its growing influence on the international stage as the United States under President Donald J. Trump ha…

California Governor Jerry Brown meets with Chinese Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang

March 16, 2020

Immigration and Migration
How Should the World Respond to the Coming Wave of Climate Migrants?

Nations should use existing international institutions, instruments, and laws to protect and assist vulnerable populations, while mobilizing foreign aid to help communities in the developing world ab…

A red and blue life jacket lays atop a palm frond on a beach, with a blue boat, used by migrants, at the water's edge.

December 15, 2014

Climate Change
The Lima Climate Agreement Isn’t As New As It Seems

After the usual overtime negotiations, the annual UN climate talks have wrapped up. And while no one seems thrilled, a common and seemingly encouraging theme has apparently emerged: for the first tim…

November 18, 2015

Will You be at the Paris Climate Talks?

I’m going to be at the Paris climate talks during the second week. If you’re planning to be there, send me a note. And if you’re not (or even if you are) stay tuned for a series of posts from me, Var…

August 7, 2019

Climate Change
Sunk Coast Fallacy: How Island Nations Should Approach Climate Diplomacy

Pacific island nations under threat from rising sea levels can translate geopolitical competition in the region into climate action.

Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga delivers remarks at UN Headquarters in New York on April 22, 2016.

February 21, 2020

Southeast Asia
Duterte Terminates the Visiting Forces Agreement … or Does He?

Last week, after hinting at it for some time, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte officially announced he would terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States. Under the agreem…

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his fourth State of the Nation Address at the Philippine Congress in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines on July 22, 2019.

November 8, 2019

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Climate Change, the Middle East, and Defense Policy

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy.

Elizabeth Warren speaks to a crowd in Raleigh.

September 24, 2019

United Nations General Assembly
UN Climate Action Summit: Five Things Governments Should be Doing

As the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit concludes, world leaders need some outside the box thinking about steps to strengthen their national commitments to shrink their greenhouse gas emissions ahead of…

A mangrove plant grows on a shore in Cancun June 21, 2010. In the 40 years since Cancun was founded, countless acres of mangrove forests up and down Mexico's Caribbean Coast have been lost - and the destruction continues. Now many scientists say that mangrove forests can help slow climate change, and are desperate to save them. Picture taken June 21, 2010.