The world has witnessed a new era of cooperation on climate change between the United States and China. This cooperation between the world’s two largest economies and carbon emitters played a fundamental role in the international negotiations leading up to the adoption of the Paris Agreement in December 2015. This includes, in particular, the joint announcement of their respective post-2020 climate actions in November 2014 and the crafting of common visions on key issues related to the Paris Outcome in September 2015. The world has high expectations that the United States and China will enhance their future collaboration on climate change. These expectations will be the cornerstone of translating the Paris vision into action. Furthermore, the Joint Presidential Statement released in March 2016 also stressed that “joint efforts by the United States and China on climate change will serve as an enduring legacy of the partnership between our two countries”.
Calder Walton is a postdoctoral Ernest May Fellow in History and Policy at the Belfer Center's International Security Program. His research is broadly concerned with intelligence history, grand strategy, and international relations in the twentieth century—with a particular focus on policy-relevant historical lessons for governments and intelligence communities today.
Calder is currently collaborating to write a history of the British and American "special" intelligence relationship, from the Second World War to the War on Terror. This research builds on his first (award-winning) book, Empire of Secrets. British Intelligence, the Cold War and the Twilight of Empire (2013).
While pursuing a Ph.D. in History at Trinity College, Cambridge (UK), and then a Junior Research Fellowship also at Cambridge University, Calder was a lead researcher on Professor Christopher Andrew's unprecedented official history of the British Security Service (MI5), Defend the Realm (2009). This research position gave Calder extraordinary insights into British intelligence history.
As well as his research on intelligence history, Calder is also an English-qualified Barrister (attorney) and advises on, and practices in, dispute resolution. He has worked on high-value litigation and international arbitration, often involving government and defense issues, and also regulatory investigations. He currently practices as a mediator, helping clients resolve disputes (often with complex international dimensions) away from court.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm