International Agreement Effectiveness: A Case Study Using The 1985 Pacific Salmon Treaty
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With global environmental problems reaching an all time high, international cooperation in addressing them becomes ever more important. The widely agreed-upon key to facilitating this cooperation is international environmental agreements. However, many agreements that have already been reached to solve environmental issues have been impotent thus far (see: the Kyoto Protocol, the Basel Convention, etc.). There are a number of factors that determine the potential effectiveness of an international environmental agreement. This piece discusses several of those factors and applies them in the case of the 1985 Pacific Salmon Treaty between the United States and Canada to explain what constitutes a compelling international environmental agreement.