Nov 17, 2021 • 1HR 21M

Wrapping Up COP26, with Michael Franczak

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Derek Davison
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I’m joined by historian Michael Franczak, Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Order at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House, to recap the COP26 summit. Michael covered the first week of the conference for Foreign Exchanges, and if you missed his three dispatches please give them a read here, here, and here. We discuss the history of the international environmental movement and the US role in it, Mike’s own experiences in Glasgow, and his assessment of what took place after he left—including a final agreement so watered down that the summit’s own president, Alok Sharma, actually apologized for it. So I guess that means it was…really good?

Mike has a book coming out next June titled Global Inequality and American Foreign Policy in the 1970s, from Cornell University Press. It’s too soon for pre-orders but please keep an eye out for the book!

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