Madiha Afzal, nonresident fellow in Global Economy and Development, discusses Trump’s first tweet of 2018, which called out the country of Pakistan for the aid it has received from the United States in the past few years, while accusing the country of providing only “lies and deceit” in return. Afzal analyzes what is surprising about this tweet, and how she thinks relations between the two countries will develop from here.
[On the U.S.-Chinese relationship in the U.N. climate negotiations at COP 24] There was a capacity to be a convener, each of us.That’s not available right now.
[On the U.S.-Chinese relationship in the U.N. climate negotiations at COP 24 and the Paris Agreement "Rulebook"] [There's] a lot of push this year from a number of developing countries to basically re-bifurcate these things. It’s a big fight.
[On making progress on climate change] We’re in a stage where no one really knows what to do. And it’s easier to try out things in small groups and figure out what works. The problem is that the climate scientists say we don’t have time for all this slow, cautious experimentation anymore, because the train is speeding. That’s the nature of the problem. It’s the result of having spent a long time talking about the climate problem in formats that really didn’t make progress.