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Formerly with the Organization of American States, the authors of this revised 5000-entry dictionary of terms, organizations, and acronyms bring years of experience in negotiating and administering international environmental agreements to the task of clarifying and standardizing the vocabulary of global environmental governance. (The first edition was published in 2004 under the title C.H.A.O.S.S.: An Essay and Glossary for Students and Practitioners of Global Environmental Governance.) While dictionaries of environmental terms abound, this volume adds the vocabulary of international law and diplomacy. Unlike U.S.-focused dictionaries of environmental law, this one takes as its primary audience policy makers who create and interpret instruments that govern global environmental issues. The introductory essay explains the need for common definitions: "What good is an instrument that contains all the right words if the parties that agreed to them understand them in mutually exclusive ways?" Additional material includes a list of definition sources, selected agreements, and principles and a separate list of acronyms and abbreviations.