The nuclearisation of the Russian Arctic: New risks

July 02 - 2020
  • Russia
  • arctic
  • environmental security
During the Cold War, the Soviet Union kept a significant portion of its nuclear-weapons arsenal in the Arctic. Russia’s inability to effectively deal with this nuclear legacy created the potential for an environmental catastrophe. A new policy brief by the European Leadership Network (ELN) looks into the growing risks of nuclear incidents in the Russian Arctic, and proposes concrete transparency and confidence-building measures to limit them.
The second report in the “Migration, environment and climate change” by IOM explores some of the main ways in which environmental change and migration have been linked to date. In addition to the environmental influences, the report considered critical economic, political, demographic and social factors, such as level of socio-economic development, resource scarcity, governance frameworks, population growth, and urbanisation.

Webinar highlights “Climate Interventions & Peace in the Age of Covid-19”

June 24 - 2020
  • climate security
  • climate change
  • Conflict
  • Military
On 19 June, Planetary Security Initiative (PSI) hosted a webinar to discuss climate-security nexus from a military, diplomacy and development perspective. Four experts shared their insights related to ‘climate Interventions and Peace in the age of Covid-19’ and answered the audience questions. Read the highlights and watch the webinar here.

COVID-19 & climate change redefining the national security of the U.S.

June 23 - 2020
  • Climate Risk
  • Military
  • foreign policy
Should the national security of the United States adapt to the twin global emergencies of COVID-19 and climate change? In this article, the author argues that as the dangers of pandemic disease and global warming become definite and present, the U.S. foreign policy establishment is forced to reassess its conventional conceptions of national security.