William & Mary

Summer Research Program in Washington, D.C.

Students Philip Zapfel, Clare Stankwitz, George Cortina and Caroline Cress with UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner and Professor Maria Ivanova during the launch of UNEP’s Africa Atlas at the Woodrow Wilson CenterA team of four William and Mary students is working with Dr. Maria Ivanova in Washington, D.C. during the summer of 2008 to explain the periods of US leadership and withdrawal from global environmental governance over the past forty years.

Students are engaging in intensive research at the Library of Congress and the National Archives, conduct interviews with key policy figures, and participating in environmental policy events in the Washington area. Linking historical findings to contemporary debates, the team seeks to contribute to a platform for meaningful US reengagement in the international environmental debates of the 21st century. This effort is made possible through the support of a QEP-Mellon grant.

Forthcoming publication: Ivanova, Maria and Daniel C. Esty. “Reclaiming US Leadership in Global Environmental Governance,” in SAIS Review of International Affairs, Vol. XXVIII, Issue 2, Summer-Fall 2008.