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On Wednesday, at a meeting of G7 Foreign Ministers in, Germany, “climate and security” was a major subject in a final communiqué. The G7 nations announced the need for a stronger, collaborative commitment to mitigating risks associated with climate change and state fragility. This announcement coincided with the presentation of a new report, A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks, to the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, produced by an independent consortium of think tanks, adelphi, International Alert, the Wilson Center and the European Union Institute for Security Studies. The final communiqué states emphatically: (more…)
A new paper, “The Rise of Hydro-Diplomacy: Strengthening Foreign Policy For Transboundary Waters” was recently released at World Water Week by Climate Diplomacy, a collaborative effort of the Federal Foreign Office and Berlin-based think tank adelphi.
The paper argues that foreign policy makers can and should do more to address transboundary water governance, and that by doing so it could enhance intersecting foreign policy interests. It includes multiple detailed examples of where transbounday water governance can be improved, and highlights the role climate change will play in contributing to water stress, stating: (more…)
Foreign Policy and the Fund for Peace have recently released their eighth annual Failed States Index for 2012. The index scores countries across the globe on their level of stability, assessing twelve key variables: demographic pressures, refugees/IDPs, group grievance, human flight, uneven development, economic decline, delegitimization of the state, public services, human rights, security apparatus, factionalized elites and external intervention.
Though measuring “natural resource security,” including water, food and energy, might be a useful addition to this index for the future, it would still be very interesting to look at how projected climatic changes in these states, whether stable, failing, or failed, might impact each of the twelve variables, and thus effect a nation’s overall stability.
Stay tuned for more.
According to Bob Woodward’s most recent book Obama’s Wars, the late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, during a meeting on Pakistan chaired by President Obama, asserted that there was a climate change angle to the situation in Kashmir, where Indian and Pakistani troops were concentrated on and around the fast-melting Siachen glacier. His concerns were apparently met with incredulity, with some unnamed participants in the meeting later asking “Was Holbrooke kidding?” (more…)