Mistra Geopolitics

“Climate change has global and political impacts, in terms of energy, food, water and migration. It presents us with transboundary challenges, and to meet them boundary-crossing research is required. Mistra Geopolitics is designed to achieve that.”

Lena Ek, former Minister for the Environment and MEP, and a member of the Mistra Geopolitics steering group

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What is the challenge?

The Paris Climate Agreement places demands on the countries of the world. If it is to become a reality, there will need to be wise policy decisions, accurate predictions about the future, and geopolitical stability. The overall aim of Mistra Geopolitics is to critically explore the interaction between geopolitics, security, and global climate and environmental change.

What will happen to the price of oil, and how will this affect oil-dependent economies? How will demographic change impact climate, and what implications will competition for natural resources, in the Middle East and elsewhere, have in terms of social stability and increased migration to Europe?

Another concrete challenge is how Sweden will respond to crises that have repercussions for climate. Government agencies are primarily geared to normal circumstances, and not to transboundary crises. In this context, Mistra Geopolitics aims to offer a platform for discussion and exchange of knowledge.

How can the programme contribute to a solution?

Mistra Geopolitics will provide new knowledge, while also identifying the opportunities created by innovation and technological development in a number of areas. The programme brings together expertise in fields such as climate change, natural resources and ecosystems, and water and food supplies, as well as human rights, democracy, immigration, trade and defence.

The programme will develop forward-looking analyses relevant to Swedish decision-makers in different sectors, including policymaking, government agencies and the business community. These analyses will contribute significantly to achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and at the same time enhance Sweden’s prosperity and competitiveness.

Who will benefit from the results?

The analyses carried out are intended to be of value to policymakers and government officials responsible for developing strategies. The programme also targets business leaders, innovators, debaters and concerned citizens. Responsibility for the 2030 Agenda, moreover, is not limited to the United Nations, but is something we all share. That is why it is important to spread new insights.