The annual Planetary Security conference was held in The Hague, The Netherlands on 12 and 13 December 2017. It brought together nearly 300 senior policy-makers, diplomats, military leaders, researchers, NGOs and private businesses to debate the security implications of environmental change. Karl Hallding, senior research fellow at SEI and co-director of Mistra Geopolitics, was there and reflects here upon risks. We live in an era of unprecedented risks. We also have the unprecedented capability to foresee these risks, but there has been limited progress in how to use this information to support proactive governance. This gap between capability and governance response also...

Climate security, resilience and peace-building in Africa featured largely during last month’s Planetary Security Conference. Dr Eva Lövbrand, Senior Lecturer at Linköping University and Dr Malin Mobjörk, Senior Researcher at SIPRI; both deeply involved in the Mistra Geopolitics Programme were present. Here, they give a hopeful reflection with focus on Africa. The annual conference was held at The Hague, The Netherlands on 12 and 13 December. In its third year, the event brought together nearly 300 senior policy-makers, diplomats, military leaders, researchers, NGOs and private businesses to debate the security implications of environmental change. The takeaway message: peace-building, economic development and climate adaptation...

How can effectiveness be understood and measured, given the uncertainty and long temporal scales involved in climate security challenges? Read more in this new fact sheet from Mistra Geopolitics' researchers about the challenge about linking knowledge about local vulnerabilities, capacities and institutions with global governance responses and opportunities for cooperation across IGOs. Lisa Dellmuth...

Here is an opportunity for PhD students from low and middle-income countries to join the Mistra Geopolitics Research School in Sweden for the Autumn Semester 2018. In this call you find more information about how to apply for financial support for PhD students to spend a semester as guest researchers at the Mistra Geopolitics Research School. The aim of the support is to strengthen the links with partner organizations and to enable PhD students from low or middle income countries to spend a semester in Sweden and take part of the course work and activities of Mistra Geopolitics Research School. An important selection criteria...

Climate risk pathways Borderless climate risks have the potential to severely hamper or completely roll-back progress made on building resilience through climate change adaptation. Can they be addressed in the follow-up of the Paris Agreement’s global goal on adaptation? This concern was the convening force behind a recent UNFCCC Side Event at COP23, titled A Global Adaptation Goal and borderless climate risks: Strengths and limits of the Paris Agreement. The event was organized co-organized by SEI, Acclimatise, and the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, and was supported by both Formas and Mistra Geopolitics. Below are five key insights from the conversation,...

Simon Dalby is the CIGI Chair in the Political Economy of Climate Change at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, who works in the disciplines of environmental security and critical geopolitics. This article is an historical overview of the relationships between climate change and geopolitics which emphasizes how current debates about security and international policy need to be careful to avoid misleading twentieth century assumptions that geography shapes politics. Below is an excerpt from his most recent article about the future of climate geopolitics. The increasing alarm with which climate change is being discussed in the aftermath of the Paris Agreement is in part a recognition that...

Mistra Geopolitics was co-hosting a seminar about the OECD report “Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth” on December 6. Kevin Adams from SEI made those reflections afterwards, which also serves as a short summary of the event. As the story goes, the Holy Grail has the miraculous ability to provide health and happiness in endless abundance. While as a society we’ve yet been unable to locate such an object, Anthony Cox, Deputy Director at the OECD Environment Directory, suggests we might have more success if we expand our search beyond gilded cups. According to Cox, a sort of “Holy Grail” may well be within our reach over...

“There are golden opportunities for governments to make the right decisions in the coming 10-15 years to boost growth and meet climate goals”, says Anthony Cox, Deputy Director at the OECD Environment Directorate. He comes to Stockholm 6 December 2017 to present the report “Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth” at a seminar co-hosted by Mistra Geopolitics. The OECD report “Investing in Climate, Investering in Growth” provides an assessment of how governments can generate inclusive economic growth in the short term, while making progress towards climate goals to secure sustainable long-term growth. It describes the development pathways required to meet the Paris...

The American climate scientist and whistleblower Joel Clement, visited Stockholm on 9 November and gave an exclusive interview to Mistra Geopolitics. He squeezed in a meeting at SEI in Stockholm on his way to the climate conference COP23 in Bonn. He describes his last weeks as ‘electrified’ as he is constantly on call with interviews, invitations, comments… So, to make a complicated story short; there is a ‘before’ and an ‘after’. The summer of 2017 his life changed completely when he went from being one of many American scientists, a field biologist by training, working as a senior executive in...

Can facts and figures help calm down the emotions around migration issues and bring about a more factual debate? Joakim Palme believes that. He is a Professor of political science at Uppsala University and one of the leading researchers in the Mistra Geopolitics programme. Are you interested in migration and development? Mistra Geopolitics is co-hosting a seminar on 29 November in Stockholm. For information and registration click here > Joakim Palme’s current research interest coincides with one of the major challenges for Sweden and Europe: How do we handle refugee flows in Europe? The question is complex and sensitive. Not least when...

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