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U.S. Global Leadership on Climate Change: An Initiative of RFF's Climate and Technology Policy Program

Of the many challenges the next U.S. President will face will be the design and implementation of new domestic and foreign climate policy. While new domestic policy is beginning to take shape in Congress, the development of a new U.S. foreign policy is in a nascent stage. Both foreign nations and domestic interests concerned about climate change will expect the next President to articulate a U.S. vision for a post-Kyoto world shortly after inauguration. These foreign policy demands will surely represent a challenge for the next President, but also a unique opportunity for the U.S. to assert global leadership.

RFF has launched an initiative to provide new ideas and refined thinking with respect to the foreign policy options available to the next President. This new initiative will

  • Develop integrated U.S. foreign policy options for the time period 2010-2020
  • Conduct in-depth research on specific foreign policy issues to support the options development
  • Engage with decisionmakers on those aspects of domestic climate policy that will serve as the foundation for a new foreign policy.

Contact: Ray Kopp (




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