Solving international environmental problems such as overfishing and global warming will require nations to cooperate. In recent decades, diplomats have negotiated thousands of international agreements and created hundreds of international institutions with the aim of protecting the environment. This course will examine whether those efforts have had an impact beyond supporting their many employees and the airlines that whisk diplomats to meetings. It will explore concepts in international relations theory, such as the impact of power and ideas on the structure of international politics. It will examine the interactions between international agreements on environmental protection and changes in technology, and it will give special attention to the growing power of business and environmental non-governmental organizations in world politics.