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Setting the Agenda for 2016

A Discussion with KAS Expert Hans-Hartwig Blomeier

Looking to begin the New Year with fruitful transatlantic debate and discourse the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung hosted a reception at which KAS London Director Hans-Hartwig Blomeier led the discussion over a potential “Brexit” and many of its consequences. Sixty experts from think-tanks, government, and the private sector joined Mr. Blomeier in engaging the pertinent questions of EU reform, geopolitical implications of a “Brexit,” and more. more…

Justin Lakamper | Event Reports | January 22, 2016

Data or Dogma? A Senate hearing on the human impact on climate change

Hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

In the context of the Paris Climate Conference COP21 the Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness of the U.S. Senate held a hearing on the matter. On December 8 2015 Senator Ted Cruz chaired a hearing with the title “Data or Dogma? Promoting Open Inquiry in the Debate over the Magnitude of Human Impact on Earth’s Climate”. The Republican Majority invited four witnesses to testify about the existence of climate change and its impact. more…

January 5, 2016

USA: The European Partner in Crisis

Aware of the success of the transatlantic partnership, the U.S. values a strong, coherent European role in the enforcement of its foreign policy interests. The U.S. is therefore currently looking on with worry at a Europe that not only seems to be struggling with challenges such as the refugee crisis or the Ukraine conflict but is even in danger of becoming destabilized by them. more…

Dr. Lars Hänsel, Nikolas Ott | International Reports | December 30, 2015

The Paris Agreement and the Future of International Climate Policy

U.S. SPECIAL ENVOY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE TODD STERN REFLECTS ON THE OUTCOME OF THE 2015 U.N. PARIS CLIMATE CONFERENCE

On December 12, 2015, 195 countries reached a historic international climate agreement in Paris. Universally applicable and lasting in nature, the deal provides a framework for the future of international action against climate change. Making his first public appearance since the agreement was finalized, U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern reviewed the Paris agreement at the Center for American Progress on December 15, 2015. The discussion was moderated by Pete Ogden, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. more…

December 23, 2015

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives host an unofficial session on the merits of TPP

INVESTMENT CHAPTER OF THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP IS FOCUS OF THE DISCUSSION

A series on “Trading Views: Real Debates on Key Issues in TPP” is being organized by Democratic members of the Ways and Means Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. These unofficial sessions are intended to provide a forum for discussion with invited experts to shed light on the recently completed negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The session on December 2, 2015, focused on the legal implications of the treaty’s investment chapter. Sander Levin (D-MI) is the ranking member of the committee and hosts these sessions. more…

December 17, 2015