Global Environmental Politics

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World Environment Day: Three Questions for Ken Conca

This post, featuring Professor Ken Conca of the Global Environmental Politics Program, originally appeared on the American University website

The United Nations World Environment Day on June 5 is meant to encourage worldwide awareness and action for the environment. We asked Professor Ken Conca, author of the forthcoming book, An Unfinished Foundation: The United Nations and Global Environmental Governance, to reflect on environmental progress and challenges:

Q: The World Environment Day theme this year is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.” What does the United Nations hope to highlight this year?

Each year, the United Nations underscores a specific theme on World Environment Day. This year, the emphasis is on the responsible management of natural resources. Particular attention is being paid to actions people around the world can take—cutting down on food waste, conserving energy, shifting to renewables, and using water wisely. Continue reading


Published: Professor Sikina Jinnah and PhD student Abby Lindsey

Professor Sikina Jinnah and PhD student Abby Lindsey have been published in the January (2015) issue of Review of Policy Research.  The issue is also a special issue on transboundary natural resource governance in North America.

Their “paper examines how overlap between trade and environmental issues are managed under the North American Free Trade Agreement, and specifically the role that the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Secretariat plays in this process.” Continue reading

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New Book: Post-treaty Politics: Secretariat Influence in Global Environmental Governance

Sikina Jinnah, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the School of International Service, is the author of a new book, Post-treaty Politics: Secretariat Influence in Global Environmental Governance, published by MIT Press.  Often ignored by scholars of international relations, the book shows how secretariats help to manage the dense interplay of issues, rules, and norms between inPost-Treaty Politics Book Coverternational treaty regimes in the areas of biodiversity, climate change, and international trade.

UPDATE: MIT Press asked Dr. Jinnah some questions about her new book as part of their blog series “Five Minutes” Their questions and Dr. Jinnah’s responses can be found by clicking here. 

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