• Politics and Strategy

    Jeffrey Mazo: Under the volcano

    14 October 2014.  Fifty-two years ago, on 12 October 1962, the ‘Columbus Day Storm’ smashed into the Pacific Northwest region of North America, causing at least $2 billion in damage in today’s money and interrupting electricity supplies to many areas for weeks. By some measures it was the most powerful extratropical storm to hit the United States in the twentieth century, and more powerful than Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Many tropical hurricanes, to...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Jeffrey Mazo: Can we afford to address climate change?

    01 October 2014.  In her post on this blog yesterday, my colleague and Survival co-author Shiloh Fetzek pointed out that last week’s UN Climate Summit in New York has reinvigorated high-level engagement and set a more optimistic tone for climate negotiations, although commitments to emissions reductions on the scale and of the pace needed to avoid dangerous climate change do not yet match ambitions. If, as seems likely, the world does exceed this...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Shiloh Fetzek: UN Summit reinvigorates high-level climate negotiations

    30 September 2014.  In the run up to the next ‘global moment’ on climate change, the December 2015 UN climate conference in Paris, world leaders assembled in New York last week to shift the politics of climate negotiation out of post-Copenhagen inertia. Despite a new level of commitment expressed by the US and China, the top two greenhouse gas emitters, leaders’ statements were generally long on aspiration and short on detail. Nevertheless, the Ban...

  • Survival

    Climate, Scarcity and Conflict

    17 September 2014. 

    The security threat from global warming is inextricably linked to development. Resource scarcity and environmental change increase the risk of conflict, and institutional capacity is key to minimising this effect.

  • Survival

    Real and Present Danger

    25 July 2014. 

    The latest US assessments drive home the fact that dangerous climate change is not just a future risk. It is already here.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Jeffrey Mazo: Real and present danger

    23 June 2014.  Buried within the 1,042-page bill authorising next year’s US defence budget is an unusual provision. Entitled ‘prohibition on use of funds to implement certain climate change assessments and reports’, it reads: None of the funds authorized to be appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to implement the United States Global Change Research Program National Climate Assessment, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report, the...

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Adelphi Webinar - Food Security in Asia: Challenges, Policies and Implications

    30 May 2014.  Prior to the Shangri-La Dialogue, Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta, lecturer in International Security at the University of South Wales, addressed a webinar on her Adelphi book, Food Security in Asia: Challenges, Policies and Implications.  Barthwal-Datta began by discussing why threats to food security in Asia ultimately signify a global problem. Home to over half of the world’s population and two-thirds of its poor and undernourished, the region’s capacity to manage its...

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Shiloh Fetzek: Climate change and the Asia–Pacific

    30 May 2014.  By Shiloh Fetzek, Research Analyst for Climate Change and Security Last year, when asked what the biggest threat to long-term security in the Pacific was, the Commander of US Pacific Command, Admiral Samuel Locklear, gave an unexpected answer. He replied ‘climate change’, reflecting the increasingly mainstream view within the security community that climate change is a ‘threat multiplier’ for instability. With the US expanding its presence in the Asia–Pacific, there...

  • Events

    Webinar: Food Security in Asia

    21 May 2014. 

    Adelphi Webinar
    Monika Barthwal-Datta,
    Lecturer in International Security,
    School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales
    Wednesday 21 May 2014

Welcome to the IISS’ new search feature: here you will find content from the Institute on the topic/region selected. Click ‘advanced search options’ to filter by content type, date, related topics and/or experts.

To see your previous purchases and favourites, log-in to My IISS.