Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Rethinking Diplomacy: A Conversation on Climate Diplomacy with Ambassador Robert O. Blake

Date and Time
Thursday, February 9, 2023 - 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Rethinking Diplomacy: A Conversation on Climate Diplomacy with Ambassador Robert O. Blake


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Please join the Rethinking Diplomacy Program (RDP) for a timely discussion on climate diplomacy with Ambassador Robert O. Blake (senior director, McLarty Associates; former senior advisor to US envoy for climate change John Kerry). In conversation with Ambassador Bob Pearson, Duke faculty, students, and community, Ambassador Blake will provide remarks on climate change after COP27, the annual United Nations Conference on Climate Change held in November in Egypt. Ambassador Blake will also discuss the need for greater institutionalization of climate diplomacy at the State Department, the role of the private sector, and an Indonesian project to transition from coal to green energy.

Following Ambassador Blake’s initial remarks, he will be joined by a panel of Duke experts for further discussion. Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions during the event.

This webinar is part of a new RDP series on climate diplomacy. The event is organized in collaboration with Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & SustainabilityJames E. Rogers Energy Access Project; and Sanford School of Public Policy.

Registration is required at the link above.

This event is aligned with the goals of the Duke Climate Commitment, which unites the university’s education, research, operations and public service missions to address the climate crisis.


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Speaker: Ambassador Robert O. Blake, Senior Director, McLarty Associates; former Senior Advisor to US Envoy for Climate Change John Kerry

Moderator: Ambassador Bob Pearson, Fellow, Duke University Rethinking Diplomacy Program


  • Jackson Ewing, Senior Fellow, Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability; Adjunct Associate Professor, Nicholas School of the Environment
  • Jonathan Phillips, Director, James E. Rogers Energy Access Project at Duke
  • Erika Weinthal, Professor of Environmental Policy and Public Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment
  • Gabriela Nagle Alverio, J.D./Ph.D. student, University Program in Environmental Policy