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Russia's role in UNFCCC negotiations since the exit of the United States in 2001

Afionis, Stavros and Chatzopoulos, Ioannis 2010. Russia's role in UNFCCC negotiations since the exit of the United States in 2001. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics 10 (1) , pp. 45-63. 10.1007/s10784-009-9106-x

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The unexpected exit of the United States from the Kyoto Protocol in 2001 signaled the exponential increase in the importance of the Russian Federation as a key player in international climate change politics. Until then a relatively minor player, Russia’s active participation in the evolution of the climate change regime is now considered a paramount and immediate necessity. A longitudinal study of Russian climate policy over the years is therefore a highly useful exercise as it allows for the better understanding of current developments and provides some basis for prediction of its future actions. The primary aim of this article is threefold: First, to offer a comprehensive account of Russian involvement in international climate negotiations. Secondly, to clarify the actual reasons behind Russia’s decision to delay its ratification of the Protocol for almost three long years, and finally, to try and map out the post-2012 positions of Russia on the road to the 2009 Copenhagen Conference of the Parties.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Law & Politics
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
ISSN: 1567-9764
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2019 14:30

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