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Webinar Series: How Climate Security Risks Shape International Cooperation

The new Biden administration has pledged to make climate change a priority. Joe Biden signed an executive order directing the federal government to make climate change an integral part of its foreign and national security policy. Other countries have pushed multilateral institutions such as the European Union, UN Environment, the UN Security Council or the World Bank to address climate risks for human and national security, and it goes in line with years of thinking within the defence sector.

While 2020 and 2016 have been the hottest years on record, the world has also seen an increase in armed conflicts. This free seminar gathers researchers from the Mistra Geopolitics research programme to discuss new evidence on what we know about the link between climate change and conflict and how risks are perceived and governed by states and multilateral institutions.

Mistra Geopolitics is a research programme that examines the dynamics of geopolitics, human security, and environmental change.

The webinar, in English, will be held on Teams.


  • 15:00 — 15:10: Opening Remarks

— Björn-Ola Linnér, Professor Environmental Change, Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research, Linköping University, Programme Director Mistra Geopolitics.
— Robert Egnell, Vice-Chancellor of the Swedish Defence University, Professor in Leadership.

  • 15:10 — 15:35: Presentations of research highlights

By Nina von Uexkull (Stockholm University, Mistra Geopolitics), Lisa Dellmuth (Stockholm University, Mistra Geopolitics), Maria Jernäs (Linköping University, Mistra Geopolitics).

— Climate change and security: What is the connection between climate and conflict? Evidence and knowledge gaps. Presented by Nina von Uexkull, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Stockholm University, Associate Senior Researcher, Peace Research Institute Oslo, Mistra Geopolitics.
— Climate risks in global governance: Climate action and perceptions in multilateral institutions. Presented by Lisa Dellmuth, Associate Professor of International Relations, Dept of Economic History and International Relations, Stockholm University, Mistra Geopolitics.
— Variations of climate security risks: Perceptions among UN Climate Conference participants. Presented by Maria Jernäs, PhD candidate, Department of Thematic Studies – Environmental Change, Linköping University and Mistra Geopolitics.

  • 15:35 — 15:55: Panel Discussion and Q&A

With Björn-Ola LinnérLisa DellmuthNina von Uexkull and Maria Jernäs from Mistra Geopolitics. The discussion will be moderated by Robert Egnell, Vice-Chancellor of the Swedish Defence University and Professor in Leadership.

  • 15:55 — 16:00: Closing remarks

By Robert Egnell, Swedish Defence University.