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Reflecting on the Climate Policy Challenge

29 Feb 2012

Minister Hogan discussed his vision for climate policy, reflecting on the climate challenge to 2020 and beyond at domestic, EU and international levels. He identified 2012 as a pivotal year for climate policy development.

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The Future of Energy Policy in Ireland and Europe

24 Feb 2012

In this address, Minister Rabbitte reflected on some of the most challenging issues, which face the European energy sector such as the completion of the internal energy market, improving electricity infrastructure and interconnection between Member States, as well as fostering employment opportunities.

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The Crisis, the Community Method and the Lisbon Treaty

22 Feb 2012

Maros Sefcovic, European Commission Vice-President and Commissioner for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration, gave an address to the Institute on Friday 17 February 2012 on the strength of the Community Method in tackling the crisis and the role of the Lisbon Treaty.

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Global Economic Governance in Transition: A View from China

22 Feb 2012

On Monday 20 February 2012, Dr Lan Xue, Professor and Dean of the School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, spoke at the IIEA, on the topic “Global Economic Governance in Transition: A View from China”.

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Enlargement: An Irish Perspective

13 Feb 2012

At a briefing to IIEA members on the European Commission’s 2011 Annual Enlargement Report on 1st February 2012, Anne Barrington, Director-General of Europe Division in the Department of Foreign Affairs, used the opportunity to share Ireland’s positions on the European Union’s enlargement policy and latest developments in this area.

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Voters Show the Way Forward

13 Feb 2012

Broad outlines of a post-crisis world beginning to emerge.

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Carbon Markets After Durban

13 Feb 2012

Martin Hession discussed the future of the carbon market, the place of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in the new post-2012 climate regime, and key weaknesses of the CDM, which are to be addressed in a major UN review currently underway.

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Thinking About the End of Oil and its Geopolitical Implications

08 Feb 2012

In his address, Mr Sears challenged the peak oil theory and argued that the world will never run out of oil because new technologies and innovation will usher in the post fossil fuel age. He also addressed the geopolitical implications of the end of oil. 

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The Forthcoming Transition in Chinese Leadership 2012 – 2013

07 Feb 2012

In October 2012, China’s established fourth generation of leaders will begin handing over power to the subsequent fifth generation of Chinese leadership. Understanding the dynamics of this internal shift in power, as well as the key interests and characteristics of the incoming leaders is an essential foundation for future engagement with China.

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Leaders Gather for Munich Security Conference

03 Feb 2012

World leaders, ministers, heads of international organisations, top military officials and scientists gather today in Germany for the 48th annual Munich Security Conference, which runs from 3-5 February 2012. The elite-level conference is the most important independent forum for debate on current and prospective security policy challenges.

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Why Legislate? Designing a Climate Law for Ireland

02 Feb 2012

There is broad political agreement on the desirability of climate change legislation in Ireland. There is no consensus, however, about what the content of a climate bill should be, perhaps due to a lack of consensus about what a climate law should seek to achieve. This study aims to explore this issue. We outline three published models of climate legislation, and assess the implications of these bills for the design of a climate law for Ireland. Read more and download the policy brief in this blog.

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