California's Leadership Featured in New CPD Report

CPD's newest policy report, "Subnational Diplomacy, Climate Governance & Californian Global Leadership," examines the emerging landscape of bottom-up global climate governance, stemming from such subnational levels as the State of California. 

Author of the CPD report is Benjamin Leffel, Sociology Ph.D. student at the University of California, Irvine who researches city diplomacy, Sino-foreign affairs and how the diplomatic history of Southern California is relevant today. One example Leffel highlights is U.S.-China climate cooperation via California Governor Jerry Brown's signing of an MOU with China's National Development and Reform Commission, the first-ever agreement of its kind between a Chinese national government entity and a foreign subnational government.

Read the full report here.

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