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Cornell International Affairs Review - Volume 13, Number 1 (Fall 2019)

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    Putting Their Money Where Their Mouth Is: The We Mean Business Coalition and the Role of Corporate Governance Within the International Climate Regime
    Teater, Aaron (Cornell University Library, 2019-11-01)
    The business community has played an increasingly prominent role in international climate governance since the signing of the Paris Agreement. However, recent corporate scandals, such as those of ExxonMobil and Volkswagen, have cast doubt on the credibility of corporate climate action. This paper thus examines the role of corporate climate governance in the post-Paris climate regime. Primarily, this paper focuses on the We Mean Business coalition, which brings together the leading business groups on climate action. Through exploration of the coalition’s organizational structure, its flagship initiative of RE100, and the mechanisms in which firms internalize climate commitments, the case of We Mean Business demonstrates that there is a credible corporate governance regime which plays a critical role in global efforts to combat climate change.
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    Exercising Agency: Women, Space and Place in Saudi Arabia
    O'Hara, Phoebe (Cornell University Library, 2019-11-01)
    Drawing on verbal interviews with twelve young Saudi women, Erving Goffman’s conception of the “front and backstage,” and Saba Mahmood’s articulation of agency, this paper shows that in a changing authoritarian state, women must navigate spaces that are either controlled by the family or the state and that the behavior of young Saudi women differs depending on the space that they are in. I argue that even amidst changing state policies aimed at altering female behavior in public spaces, familial structures remain the key determinant of female behavior in Saudi Arabia. Despite the recent elimination of sex segregation from public spaces, certain new public behaviors are redefining traditional Saudi patriarchal systems of control within the context of these newly organized sites. Collectively, these arguments demonstrate that the experiences of Saudi women change from one space to another and cannot be reduced to a singular narrative or experience.
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    Cornell International Affairs Review: Fall 2019
    Cornell International Affairs Review, Editorial Board (Cornell University Library, 2019-11-01)
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    The Rise of Illiberal Peacebuilding and Authoritarian Modes of Conflict Management
    Cheung, Harold (Cornell University Library, 2019-11-01)