Climate Diplomacy explores the foreign policy implications of climate change, and the role of diplomacy and its instruments in promoting ambitious climate action.
South Asia on the brink: A look at climate change to help address the region's compound fragilities
South Asia is one of the most climate-vulnerable regions in the world. Parts of the region are characterised by a high level of political instability and socio-economic backwardness. This convergence implies that climate change not only undermines human security, but could also heighten conflict risks. On the one hand, the region lacks the resources and capacities to cope with worsening first and second order impacts of climate change; on the other, climate change is increasingly interacting with socio-economic, demographic and political factors to compound fragility risks in the region. Together with Dhanasree Jayaram, author of the Climate Fragility Risk Brief on South Asia and Assistant Professor at the Centre for Climate Studies of Manipal Academy of Higher Education in India, we discuss climate fragility pathways for the region and possible solutions to address them. This episode also highlights, why and how climate change can be a peace-keeping tool and why conflicts in the region can´t be resolved by one country alone. You can download the Climate Fragility Risk Brief on South Asia here: https://climate-security-expert-network.org/sites/climate-security-expert-network.org/files/documents/csen_climate_fragility_risk_brief_south_asia.pdf
Climate Diplomacy Podcast 10: Digging into food insecurity and climate change, part 1: Root causes and how (not) to solve it
This episode digs into the food insecurity-climate change nexus. It looks at how vulnerable agriculture is to a rapidly and erratically changing climate, but at the same time, how much it contributes to it. We discuss some of the narratives around food security and the environmental systems needed for food production. This episode is the first of two special editions around the UN Food Systems Summit, taking place in July and September 2021. The summit aims to awaken the world to the fact that we all must work together to transform the way the world produces, consumes, and thinks about food.
Climate Diplomacy Podcast 9: Let´s talk about Mali: The impacts of climate change on insecurity and gender inequality
In this episode we speak about climate fragility risks in Mali together with Chitra Nagarajan, author of the climate fragility risk brief on Mali.
During the interview, we hear her insights on how climate change is projected to affect Mali and learn more about the five pathways trough which climate change impacts fragility in Mali. She also offers recommendations on how to address them. Moreover, as one of Chitra Nagarajan´s focus topics, this episode takes a closer look at gender dynamics with regard to climate security. Chitra Nagarajan is an independent researcher and member of the climate security expert network. In her work, she focuses on civilian protection, climate change, conflict analysis and sensitivity, gender and social inclusion, peacebuilding and human rights, particularly those of women and girls.
You can download her climate fragility risk brief about Mali here: https://climate-security-expert-network.org/sites/climate-security-expert-network.org/files/documents/csen_climate_fragility_risk_brief_mali.pdf
Climate Diplomacy Podcast 8: Hot days ahead: How climate impacts are pushing Afghanistan’s multiple burdens to the brink
For over 42 years, Afghanistan has endured nearly constant armed conflict, whether in the form of revolution, occupation, extremism or insurgency. This has taken a tremendous toll in human terms, but it has also exerted a powerful brake on the country’s development. Many Afghans are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change as a result of their exposure to droughts, floods and other natural disasters as well as their reliance on climate-sensitive livelihoods such as rain-fed agriculture and pastoralism. Meanwhile, the legacy of over four decades of conflict has increased Afghanistan’s vulnerability to climate change.
In this episode, we look at Afghanistan and discuss how climate impacts are pushing its multiple burdens to the brink and what the Afghan government and international community could and should do to address the security risks presented by climate change. Our guest is Oli Brown, Associate Fellow at Chatham House and author of the climate-fragility risk brief Afghanistan.
You can download the full risk brief here: https://climate-security-expert-network.org/sites/climate-security-expert-network.org/files/documents/csen_climate_fragility_risk_brief_afghanistan.pdf
Climate Diplomacy Podcast 7: Does China's Belt and Road initiative put the brakes on decarbonisation? The case of Kazakhstan
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a prime example of how decarbonisation processes interact with geopolitics. China’s support to energy, transportation and industrial projects inﬂuence emissions trajectories of the partner countries, and investments often underpin the geopolitical aspirations of China and its partners. The specific projects and geopolitical context vary across the different target countries and regions, and, therefore, so do their potential implications for climate action. This episode looks at China-financed projects in Kazakhstan and seeks to explore the dynamics of decarbonisation and geopolitics.
Interview partner for this episode is Daria Ivleva, author of the MISTRA Geopolitics report “The Belt and Road Initiative in Kazakhstan: Does the geopolitics of China’s outward investments put the brakes on decarbonisation?”.
You can download the full report here: https://adelph.it/BRIReport
Climate Diplomacy Podcast 6: COVID and Climate Security
The COVID-19 pandemic has profound global impacts. While all countries have been affected, the pandemic is hitting those that were already struggling with poverty, conflict and the impacts of climate change especially hard. This podcast episode seeks to explore these dynamics by interviewing the authors of the Climate Security Expert Network Report “Spreading Disease, Spreading Conflict? COVID-19, Climate Change and Security Risks.” Download the report here: https://adelph.it/COVIDClimFragility
This episode features Adrian Foong, Analyst at adelphi, Beatrice Mosello, Senior Advisor at adelphi, Christian König, Analyst at adelphi, Emily Wright, Consultant at adelphi, and Susanne Wolfmeier, Project Manager at adelphi, discussing the intersection of health, climate and conflict risks and explaining four key pathways through which COVID-19 can exacerbate climate-related security risks.