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Kyoto’s Long Shadow: Transatlantic Climate Relations Twelve Years On

The forthcoming Copenhagen conference seems destined to fail. Without US commitment, there will be little achieved

When transatlantic relations took a hit after the signing of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, climate negotiations attracted a huge amount of attention in academic and policy communities. The US and Europe agreed on the need for greenhouse gas reductions and a multilateral framework, but they ended up at odds over the Treaty and the US withdrew from the process altogether. Twelve years on, negotiators are re-convening in Copenhagen to outline a post-Kyoto regime. No one expects

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Lisa Aronsson

Visiting Fellow, Atlantic Council / Research Fellow, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies

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