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Beyond the UNFCCC: Rethinking the Global Politics of Climate Change

Chatham House, London

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Robert O. Keohane, Professor of International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
Chair: Dr Robin Niblett CMG, Director, Chatham House 


Robert Keohane will explore the factors that promote international cooperation and what these can tell us about the politics of global climate change policy. He will discuss the failure of the Kyoto top-down approach to responding to climate change and offer his opinion on the successive versions of Kyoto that are still being pursued, intended to culminate in an agreement in Paris in December. He will argue that no global solution will emerge without a major re-framing in the domestic politics of the issue, shifting from the passive resistance now seen in the US to active demands for action.

Going beyond emissions limitation, Professor Keohane will explore the politics behind other possible responses to climate change, including geo-engineering and solar radiation management.

This event will be followed by a reception.