Noah Gordon
Acting Co-Director, Sustainability, Climate, and Geopolitics Program, Fellow, Europe Program


Noah J. Gordon is acting co-director of the Sustainability, Climate, and Geopolitics Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. His research focuses on climate change and how it's changing international politics. He manages projects on climate geopolitics and security, global clean energy supply chains, and the interplay between climate change and migration; and he co-created a Carnegie podcast about animal agriculture and climate change, Barbecue Earth

Before joining Carnegie, Noah worked as an advisor at the Berlin-based climate think tank adelphi, where he led the Transatlantic Climate Bridge initiative. He was previously the Clara O’Donnell fellow at the London-based think tank The Centre for European Reform and a parliamentary assistant in the Bundestag. Noah was an editor and columnist at Internationale Politik within the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, the New Republic, New Statesman, Euractiv, and Der Tagesspiegel, among others. 

MSc, Theory and History of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science BA, Political Science, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
English, German

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Our Polycrisis Summer
July 1, 2024

If you were to unwrap the intersecting problems known as “the polycrisis,” you’d find climate change at the middle. Destructive floods, unaffordable energy, unsustainable debt burdens, and economic conflict between superpowers — the overheating of the planet plays a role in all of them.

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How America Can Win the Coming Battery War

Bipartisan Consensus Is Key—but Depends on U.S. Control of Supply Chains.

· June 7, 2024
Foreign Affairs
The New U.S. Clean Tech Tariffs Will Have Global Impacts

The tariffs’ full effects on U.S. emissions won’t be clear for years, but what’s certain is that China will respond.

· May 16, 2024
What Is Climate Foreign Policy? A Transatlantic Perspective
May 15, 2024

Join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the German Council on Foreign Relations for a hybrid discussion on the future of climate foreign policy.

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Climate Capitalism: A Carnegie Conversation
April 4, 2024

The capitalist pursuit of growth at all costs is one reason the planet is overheating. But it’s also possible, argues Akshat Rathi, to harness the forces of capitalism to tackle the climate crisis. Join the Carnegie Endowment on April 4,for a discussion of Akshat Rathi’s new book Climate Capitalism, named one of the best books of the year by the London Times.

Climate Science, Policy, Fiction, and Narrative: Framing the Upcoming Special Report on Cities and Climate Change
April 2, 2024

On April 16, scientists, academics, and other experts will convene in Riga, Latvia, for the scoping meeting for the Special Report on Climate Change and Cities, to be included in the Seventh Assessment Report (AR7) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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Food Security Reimagined

For the world to meet its climate goals, it needs to undergo a partial shift away from traditional meat toward alternative proteins. But who would be the winners and losers of a global protein transition? In Episode 6, we investigate what this transition might look like and what it could mean for national security and geopolitics.

· March 12, 2024
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Consider the Lobster

The lobster’s transformation from disdained prison food to fine-dining delicacy reveals important lessons about how culture shapes our palate. In Episode 5, we look to the future of alternative proteins—from bean burgers to lab-grown nuggets—and ask what it would look like to live in a world less centered on traditional meat production.

· March 5, 2024
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Uncle Sam and the Magic Beanstalk

The soybean is more than just a humble legume—it’s a major geopolitical player that feeds the international meat market, shapes trade wars, and transforms economies. In Episode 4, we tell the story of how the soybeans have shaped the geopolitical behavior of what some call “the Meat Triangle”: the United States, Brazil, and China.

· February 27, 2024
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How to Launder a Cow

You’ve probably heard of money laundering. But while some launder dirty cash, others launder cows. Episode 3 tells the story of one Brazilian company’s entanglement with the smuggling and selling of illegal cattle throughout the Amazon—and explores how big meat companies around the world use their power to undermine climate goals.

· February 20, 2024