Lecture: Energy and Climate Change in the International System

Dr. Sarah Beringer, Deutsches Historisches Institut, Washington DC

Energy has long been defined as key to economic and social development: Nations with an enhanced understanding of how to explore and exploit new energy sources have historically shown higher degrees of economic growth and thus international political power. Dr. Sarah Beringer analyzes how opposing views in China and the U.S. on energy and climate change will affect the international system and multilateral negotiations.

Energy has long been defined as key to economic and social development: Nations with an enhanced understanding of how to explore and exploit new energy sources have historically shown higher degrees of economic growth and thus international political power. In the 19th century, thermo-industrial technologies with their mass-scale use of fossil energies turned the US, Europe and other Western nations into modern economic hubs that have since dominated the international system. Yet, in the context of the new, sustainable energy revolution, the cards might be reshuffled. China has emerged as a renewable energy power, taking a central role in not only the transformation of the global energy sector but also in international negotiations on sustainable energy and climate change. The United States, on the other hand, have been reluctant in following the international sustainability trend. Nationally, they have boosted the exploitation of non-sustainable energy sources such as shale gas, internationally they have taken a back seat in multilateral negotiations. This stance has worsened under President Donald J. Trump, an outspoken climate change denier and strong supporter of fossil energy. Dr. Sarah Beringer analyzes how these opposing views on energy and climate change will affect the international system and multilateral negotiations.

Im Rahmen des Auslandswiss. Kolloquiums der FAU, LS Falke: The Reconfiguration of the International System

Eintritt frei
engl. Sprache

14. December 2017
18:30 – 20:00

Veranstaltungsort:

FAU
Findelgasse 9
90402 Nürnberg