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Domestic Sources of U.S. Unilateralism

Domestic Sources of U.S. Unilateralism

Domestic Sources of U.S. Unilateralism
Elizabeth R. DeSombre

The United States has, over the past half century, gone from unambiguously leading efforts at global environmental cooperation to avoiding (at best) and undermining (at worst) international environmental efforts. Despite President Barack Obama’s successful efforts to bring the United States back into participation in global efforts to address climate change, the election of Donald Trump has resulted in efforts to roll back these achievements and renewed efforts to undermine international environmental cooperation.

Early U.S. international leadership on environmental issues was notable. Some of the earliest efforts at international environmental cooperation—such as protecting seals, whales, and other endangered species in the first half of the twentieth century—were led by the United ...

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