Scott Moore

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Scott Moore is a lecturer in political science at the University of Pennsylvania and previously served at the U.S. Department of State, where he worked on the Paris Agreement. His forthcoming book from Oxford University Press, Rethinking China’s Rise: How to Compete and Cooperate on the Environment, Technology, and Beyond, explores China’s role in addressing shared challenges amidst great power competition.

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Climate Change and Security

China's Pivot on Climate Change and National Security

For decades, China was reluctant to deem climate change a national security issue, preferring instead to view it through the lens of development. The driving concern behind China’s reticence was sovereignty; Beijing feared that crisis rhetoric about climate change would be used to legitimate interventionist actions on the part of Western powers, including forcing Beijing to curtail its economic growth.