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What can weapons negotiations teach us about climate change?

What can weapons negotiations teach us about climate change?

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How are climate and weapons regimes similar?
Ruth Greenspan Bell and Micah Ziegler answer and provide a new path forward for international negotiations on global warming.
How are climate and weapons regimes similar?
Ruth Greenspan Bell and Micah Ziegler answer and provide a new path forward for international negotiations on global warming.

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Published by: The Wilson Center on Apr 22, 2013
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Lessons from Weapons Negotiations
Diversifying Pathways and Venues TowardAgreement
 
Ruth Greenspan Bell and Micah S. Ziegler 
Lessons from other international agreements and processes
 
Why rethink climate negotiations?
Greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise
 
Dangerous growth in greenhouse gas emissions demands further innovation in strategies,goals, and trajectories, in the UNFCCC and in other venues.
Opportunities for adjusting
Learn from regimes with more and di
ff 
erent experiences
 
 The weapons and trade regimes have been negotiated for decades. Climate negotiationsare relatively young.
 
We asked experts from weapons and trade regimes to distill major lessons from theirnegotiation histories that might help elucidate challenges and roadblocks to progress inthe international climate regime.
 
 Today’s presentation emphasizes weapons.
 
How are climate and weapons regimes similar?
Parallels with trade negotiations are commonly accepted. What about security?
Initially concentrated in the UN, with high expectations
Nuclear
 
Visionary goals for “general and completedisarmament.”
 
Acheson-Lilienthal proposal (1947) wouldplace all the world’s nuclear materials andfacilities under UN control.
Climate
 
“Stabilization of greenhouse gasconcentrations in the atmosphere at alevel that would prevent dangerousanthropogenic interference with theclimate system.”

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