JACKSON, WYO – When Thomas Pickering entered the Foreign Service in 1959, the Cold War was just beginning. The Soviet Union saw NATO as a threat and U.S. and Soviet Union foreign policy carefully danced around each other, worrying about the smallest misstep. Climate change was a term not yet in the common vernacular, and environmental consequences weren’t major factors in foreign policy. There were talks about disarmament, but it would be years before significant action was taken.

Today, Pickering sees a focus on environmental consequences in foreign policy, an emphasis on human rights internationally and a lingering “hangover” of the Cold War that colors how Russians and Americans see each other…

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