COP21: What to Expect in ParisThe upcoming Paris Climate Change Conference is being named a major success even before it’s begun. However, its ultimate triumph is dependent on the ability of states to continue the trajectory of climate ambition after Paris. For the diplomatic community, treaty negotiations are typically judged to be either successful or very successful.... More >
by Professor Robyn Eckersley
Why Prime Minister Turnbull is Invested in a Paris Climate AgreementAs Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull prepares to travel to Paris for the COP Climate Change Conference, signs are emerging that he views climate diplomacy and international agreement on climate change as the best way of selling climate policy to dissenting conservative voices at home. This week, Prime Minister Turnbull endorsed a G20 position... More >
by Associate Professor Matt McDonald
Australia Should Back Calls to End Coal and Save its Drowning NeighboursWhile all of us of will experience the effects of climate change most are not facing the inevitable disappearance of our country. Yet that is the case for the 92,000 inhabitants of Kiribati, as well as other low-lying island states across the planet. With its nation dispersed over more than 20 islands, some increasingly subject... More >
by Professor Peter Doherty AC
Feeding ‘Godzilla’: As Indonesia Burns, its Government Moves to Increase Forest DestructionIn the midst of its worst fire crisis in living memory, the Indonesian government is taking a leap backward on forest protection. The recently signed Council of Palm Oil Producing Nations between Indonesia and Malaysia, signed at the weekend in Kuala Lumpur, will attempt to wind back palm oil companies’ pledges to end deforestation. This... More >
by Professor Bill Laurence
Russia, Turkey and the US: Between the Terrible and the CatastrophicThe downing of Russia’s plane by Turkish military forces over the skies of the Syrian-Turkish border has added yet another layer of complexity to the vortex of conflict in the Middle East. Most of the prior concern had focused on the prospect of the US clashing with Russia over the skies of Syria. But an... More >
by Professor Simon Reich
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