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Climate and International Trade: The Clash of Powers Politique étrangère, Vol. 86, No. 3, Autumn 2021

The fight against climate change has a major economic dimension. With climate neutrality as their new objective, the major powers are counting on green industrial policy, and trying to contain the emissions related to their imports. 

This approach increases domestic support for climate commitments, but it risks stirring up conflicts and therefore slowing down the global transition, unless new rules in international trade are agreed upon.

Carole Mathieu is a Research Fellow at the Center for Energy & Climate of the French Institute for International Relations.

Article published in Politique étrangère, Vol. 86, No. 3, Autumn 2021.

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