Challenges and Opportunities in Global Climate Diplomacy with Katja Biedenkopf
Amid increasing concerns on global climate change, Dr. Katja Biedenkopf, DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow and Assistant Professor at the University of Leuven, discusses the politics of current global climate negotiations with AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes. She points out that, despite the achievement of the recent Paris Agreement, more serious commitments from governments around the world are needed to counter the threat of substantial climate change. Dr. Biedenkopf observes that while the politics of climate change in Germany is coherent among established parties, substantial commitment on climate policy in the U.S. is obstructed by a fragmented state-by-state approach as well as a divided U.S. Congress. Despite political challenges, she says, the private sector can benefit enormously from development of green technologies, as the market has demonstrated in Germany. International partners outside of the transatlantic network can also aid the advancement of technological and policy innovation.