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International Policy Overview
J. Bishop Grewell
Increased interactions among nations, es-pecially in the areas of trade and commerce,have led to a tightly knit global community.At the same time, players on the world stagehave mistakenly confused increased global-ization as necessitating a call for increasedinternational governance through treaties andinternational bodies. Nowhere is that moreprevalent than in the call for international en-vironmental policy. Both at home under U.S.foreign policy and abroad in internationaltreaties, misguided environmental policiesare leading the diplomatic corps astray fromits traditional charges of promoting peacethrough reduced violent conflict and prosper-ity through free trade. The biggest victims of this “greening” of foreign policy, ironically,are the poor people living in developing na-tions and the planet’s long-term environmen-tal health.
Consider, for example, the Kyoto Protocol.Already, tension over the protocol is evidentas the United States demands that developingnations like China and India bear the sameemissions reduction burdens as the developedworld. Developing nations counter that theyare just now entering their industrial revolu-tion and deserve the same unhindered chanceat prosperity that the developed world enjoyed.Developing nations have a point. The KyotoProtocol will keep them impoverished not only
1. For information on how green politics have contrib-uted seriously to human suffering, see Lorraine Mooneyand Roger Bate, eds.,
Environmental Health: Third World Problems—First World Preoccupations
(Boston:Butterworth Heinemann, 1999).