[caption id="attachment_981" align="alignnone" width="172"] Björn-Ola Linnér, Programme Director[/caption] . Dear Mistra Geopolitics Programme partners and researchers, It is with significant satisfaction, relief, pride, and most of all considerable curiosity, that I summarize the activities for Mistra Geopolitics in the first year. Thanks to great efforts of the host institution and partners, the programme was officially launched in early May and all start up activities were accomplished as planned during the year. Therefore, we have been able to focus on the research activities as planned.  For the first year, the list of deliverables is quite impressive. I would like to highlight a few examples here...

[caption id="attachment_976" align="alignnone" width="884"] Photo credit: UN Women/Ryan Brown (Flickr).[/caption] . Over the past decade, climate change has become increasingly embedded within global security discourse, but whether it should be formally considered as a matter for the international peace and security agenda remains contested. Moreover, while the adverse effects of climate change on natural, societal and governance systems clearly amounts to a threat that is transnational in scope, the international response remains dependent on positions taken at a national level. . The United Nations Security Council represents a key forum and lens into this debate, within which national governments’ positions on climate security continue...

Lena Ek. Photo Credit: Ola Kjelbye Former Swedish Minister for the Environment, Lena Ek is the new chairperson of the multidisciplinary research programme, Mistra Geopolitics. It is now increasingly more important to understand the complexity of how climate and environmental issues interact with security issues. Last year, the research foundation Mistra supported a new four-year research program to develop new knowledge about these relationships. An important goal for the program is to communicate the results to business and policy makers. "The climate impact affects us globally and politically in areas such as energy, food, forest, water and migration. It is a question of cross-border...

Mistra Geopolitics offers financial support to PhD students to spend a semester as guest researchers within the program. 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. Mistra Geopolitics is a research program with the overall goal to critically explore the interaction between geopolitics, human security and global environmental change. In a world characterized by growing uncertainties, the program will be able to contribute with new...

The Climate sees no borders. Since climate risks are "borderless", adaptation to climate change is also a global concern. Today, many discussions on climate adaptation are seen as national issues. How do climate impacts cross national borders and which countries are most exposed? Mistra Geopolitics researchers Åsa Persson and Magnus Benzie, both SEI, are two of the speakers at this COP23 side event on November 15....

We all live in a rapidly changing world. Increasing geopolitical insecurity, scarcity of natural resources, new migration patterns, climate change… The list can be made long on how growing uncertainties effect decision-making. New knowledge is needed. And it needs to be communicated. This is why the new research programme Mistra Geopolitics (link to Why Mistra Geopolitics) was launched in Stockholm 2 May 2017. This website will grow along with the programme. Do not hesitate to contact us (link to Contact) if you want more information or if you see opportunities for a collaboration....

Malin Mobjörk, one of the key researchers of Mistra Geopolitics, has been appointed the Mistra Fellowship. She will be a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington DC from January to June 2018.  Malin Mobjörk, who is a senior researcher at SIPRI apart from leading Mistra Geopolics Work package 1 (link to Our Research, Work packages) looks forward to spending time at this prestigious think tank: “When learning more about the policy development in issues related to global environmental change, security and development, this is the right place to be! The Wilson Centre is known to be a truly intellectually stimulating environment, so I see...

Mistra Geopolitics was successfully launched in Stockholm on 2 May. The event brought together programme partners, board members, media, stakeholders and others interested in the Programme. The keynote, Nick Mabey, gave a fascinating if gloomy insight into developing geopolitical shifts and their interaction with energy and climate. Speakers and panelists gave some valuable insights on the direction for the Programme, including from the Swedish government (Ulrika Modéer and Anders Kompass) and parliament (Maria Weimer) along with programme partners (Björn-Ola Linnér, Johan Kuylenstierna, Joakim Palme, Andreas Duit and Nina von Uexküll). Please find the full programme here >...

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