ASP’s Andrew Holland Quoted in Cipher Brief on Climate Envoy

ASP’s Andrew Holland Quoted in Cipher Brief on Climate Envoy

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ASP’s Director of Studies and Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate, Andrew Holland, was quoted in a recent Cipher Brief article on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s plan to remove a large percentage of the envoys that currently exist at the State Department. Some of the envoys that will be removed or altered include those addressing the Arctic, South Sudan, the closure of Guantanamo Detention Facility, and climate.

The article highlights the importance of some of these positions, particularly when it comes to planning and anticipating new risks such as those from climate change. Mr. Holland noted that,

“If getting rid of the special envoy for climate means we’re just going to send a low level delegation to climate negotiations, then that’s a failure.”

The article notes that there remains some disagreement about the need for envoys “writ large” with some former State Department employees supporting Secretary Tillerson’s decision to cut back on the number of envoys.

For more information on Secretary Tillerson’s proposal, read the full article, Tillerson Wants to Eliminate Envoys – A Good Move? by Kaitlin Lavinder.