Published 2018-10-09

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US policy swings analysed by Mistra researchers

During the spring, Malin Mobjörk studied how a new era in US politics is taking shape and how it, in turn, affects the climate issue and global security policy. One focus was on the implications of the nation having a president who seems to have a friendlier attitude towards the world’s authoritarian than its democratic regimes.

Over the past few years, within the framework of the Mistra Fellows initiative, Mistra has enabled researchers engaged in any of the Foundation’s programmes to work in international organisations relevant to their research.

Those benefiting from this opportunity include Malin Mobjörk, researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and in Mistra Geopolitics. In spring 2018, she worked at the prestigious Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC.

For six months, she was thus able to study at close quarters how the country is now changing.

One topic she has studied is the uncertainties created, first, by President Trump appearing to be friendlier to the world’s authoritarian than to its democratic regimes and, second, by his decision to leave the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, while various US stakeholders continue to press ahead in the areas of climate and security.

A longer article with Mobjörk’s own analyses and reflections from her time in the US has been published on the Mistra Geopolitics website.

Links:

Malin Mobjörk’s article:

http://www.mistra-geopolitics.se/comments-insights/the-return-of-the-military-framing-the-climate-security-debate-in-trumps-america/

An interview about Mobjörk’s expectations ahead of her US stay:

https://www.mistra.org/en/news/seeking-to-show-interconnectedness-of-threats/

 

Facts — Mistra Fellows

The programme is an initiative aimed at building collaborations and boosting the exchange of knowledge between Mistra’s various research groups, on the one hand, and international research organisations on the other. The plan is to give up to four researchers annually the opportunity to work in an international organisation, with a focus on policy issues.