The United States was the driving force behind the historic Paris Agreement, an unprecedented global compact designed to avoid dangerous climate change and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon climate-resilient world. The 2016 Presidential election has cast a shadow on US climate leadership as the Trump Administration has signalled its intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement while reversing a swathe of important domestic policies designed to decarbonise the US economy. At the same time, however, US states, cities and companies have stepped in to the leadership vacuum and promised to honour US obligations. Dr. Edward Cameron will present his assessment of US climate leadership in the era of Trump and its implications for the Paris Agreement.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Edward Cameron designs climate strategies for companies and works to shape climate policies with governments. During the past two decades he has worked with the European Union, the World Bank, the Government of the Maldives, and the World Resources Institute to drive greenhouse gas emissions reductions and strengthen societal resilience in the face of climate change. For five years he was deeply engaged in the design of the Paris Agreement and more recently has been working with the private sector to increase the volume of companies committing to climate action and to argue the business case for US leadership on climate”.
In light of significant political uncertainty on both sides of the Atlantic, Dr Parakilas set out recommendations, which address the key structural factors that threaten the durability of transatlantic relations. Drawing on insights from a series of scenario workshops and case studies, that were conducted for a recent Chatham House report, he examined the major influencing factors in recent US and European foreign policy decision-making. He analysed whether the relationship between the US and its European allies is at risk of long-term divergence, or if recent areas of apparent policy difference reflect more cyclical trends that can be ridden out.
About the Speaker:
Prior to joining Chatham House, Dr Parakilas worked for Action on Armed Violence, a London-based non-governmental organization. His research has largely focused on American foreign policy and international security issues. He holds a BA in International Relations from Hampshire College, an MLitt in Middle East and Central Asian Security Studies from the University of St Andrews, and a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics. He has also worked at the World Security Institute, the Arms Control Association and the US Department of Homeland Security.