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Welcome back to The Climate and Security Podcast!
In this episode host Dr. Sweta Chakraborty talks to General Tom Middendorp, Chair of the International Military Council on Climate and Security and former Chief of Defence of the Netherlands. General Middendorp talks about being a commander in South Afghanistan, and how even after driving out the Taliban in one case, conflict persisted due to disputes over the division of water. He describes firsthand experiences from across twenty missions on how climate change and human impacts can amplify war and negate best efforts at peacekeeping. He discusses the importance of cooperation across aid workers, diplomats, policymakers, military coalitions and other stakeholders to pursue stability at a global scale. Tom emphasizes the role defence communities can play in terms of offering opportunities to visionaries to develop ideas such as an innovation that extracts water out of dry, desert air. Hear this unique perspective – from the former highest-ranking military officer in the Dutch Armed forces – on overcoming the challenges at the nexus of climate and security!
By Shiloh Fetzek, Senior Fellow for International Affairs
“We have learned through the centuries what it is to live with water, to be flooded from time to time. After the 1953 flood [in the Netherlands] in which 3,000 people died, you learn to not waste that learning opportunity and to share it with others.” – Netherlands Ambassador to the US, Henne Schuwer
The Center for Climate and Security co-hosted a Hague Roundtable on Climate & Security* event in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in collaboration with the Institute for Environmental Security, the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and the Embassy of the Netherlands in the US and IHE Delft. The Roundtable was graciously opened by Ambassador Henne Schuwer, the Ambassador of the Netherlands to the United States. (more…)
All eyes are on the international climate negotiations at the 21st Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris. However, the risks associated with a changing climate are so far-reaching, that it will take a broad range of international, regional, national and sub-national institutions to address them. These institutions will have to conceive of and implement actions that go well beyond what is agreed in Paris this month.
In this context, two conferences – one hosted by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and one by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs – were held in late October/ early November, respectively. Among other objectives, a question both of these conferences sought to answer was: “Since climate change poses significant risks to international security, what can be done to make our governance systems more resilient?” (more…)