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ment to ending the conflict along with a

military de-escalation on the ground.

Have an Honest Talk About Europe.

U.S. policy should aim to insulate Euro-

pean allies against Russian action in the

short term, while laying the groundwork

for a stronger European security frame-


Push for More Arms Control.

Work with Russia in Asia.


flexible coalitions with major powers in

the region, including Russia, to balance

China’s growing influence for the benefit

of Washington.

Recognize That Syria Is About More

Than Syria.

The Syrian crisis is urgent.

The United States must try to work with

Russia, and must be willing to discuss the

broader relationship with Russia, espe-

cially as it relates to Europe.

Show America’s Promise.

The U.S.

administration needs to tackle domes-

tic and global challenges in a way that

shows that the United States can lead by


—Shawn Dorman, Editor

Landmark Climate

Change Deal Reached

in Kigali

O n Oct. 15, more than 170 countries including the United States agreed to a landmark deal in Kigali,

Rwanda, to counter climate change.

An amendment to the Montreal

Protocol, the new agreement will limit

hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions,

commonly from air conditioners and


Thousands of times more potent than

carbon dioxide and, according to the

United Nations Environment Program,

the fastest growing greenhouse gas, HFCs

are especially threatening to the environ-


Under the terms of the agreement,

developed countries vowed to stop

production of HFCs by 2019; and more

than 100 developing countries (including

Brazil and China, the world’s largest pro-

ducer of carbon dioxide) agreed to peak

HFC levels by 2024, which could prevent

up to .9 degrees Fahrenheit of global

warming by the end of this century.

The Kigali agreement was reached

only days after ratification of the Paris

Agreement, which aims to limit the tem-

perature increase and improve countries’

capabilities to deal with climate change.

Despite the small physical amount

of HFCs in the atmosphere, the deal is

expected to reduce greenhouse gases by

the equivalent of 70 billion tons of carbon


There was some pushback from

countries that would benefit substantially

from increased access to air conditioning,

including India, Pakistan and some Gulf


Claire Perry of the Environmental

Investigation Agency acknowledged that

some compromises had to be made. “But

85 percent of developing countries have

committed to the early schedule starting

in 2024,” she continued, “which is a very

significant achievement.”

—Katherine Perroots, Editorial Intern

U.S. Abstains from

Cuba Embargo Vote

F or the first time ever, the United States abstained from voting on a United

Nations resolution calling for an end to its

economic embargo of Cuba on Oct. 26.

The resolution, titled “Necessity of

ending the economic, commercial and

financial embargo imposed by the United

States of America against Cuba,” has been

put forward annually since 1992. And

Washington has opposed it every time.

President Barack Obama announced

the restoration of diplomatic relations