• Events

    New Climate Science: Implications for Security

    07 April 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Professor Neil Adger
    Professor of Geography, University of Exeter
    Professor Clionadh Raleigh
    Professor of Geography, University of Sussex
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 7 April 2014

  • Politics and Strategy

    Jeffrey Mazo: Billions and billions

    10 March 2014.  On Sunday night, 9 March, a new 13-part science documentary series on US television was introduced with a video message from President Obama. The first episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, was shown simultaneously on 10 networks in the Fox group and will appear on more than 200 channels in 181 countries. The show is a follow-up to the most successful and influential science documentary series of all time: Carl...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Shiloh Fetzek: UK MoD assesses climate-change risks

    10 March 2014.  By Shiloh Fetzek, Research Analyst for Climate Change and Security A cache of unpublished MoD climate change risk assessments, recently obtained by Friends of the Earth through Freedom of Information requests, show how the MoD are preparing the defence estate for climate change. An article on the documents in the Telegraph on 21 February highlighted defence assets vulnerable to flooding, in light of recent extreme weather affecting Britain and the call-out...

  • Strategic Comments

    China’s strategic Arctic interests

    06 March 2014. 

    While China's intensifying activity in the Arctic is often viewed with suspicion, it is part of a strategy of general expansion of its maritime interests and capabilities, seeking a level of influence to match its global economic status.

  • IISS Voices

    Food security in Asia

    04 March 2014.  The spike in global food prices in 2007–08 led to riots on several continents, and reawakened fears about the world’s future ability to feed itself, as growing populations place greater demands on agricultural systems operating in increasingly difficult environmental and climatic conditions. With more than half the world’s people and high levels of inequality, Asia lies at the centre of the global food-security challenge of the twenty-first century. As the...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Jeffrey Mazo: Obama goes it alone

    13 February 2014.  A key theme of then-Senator Barack Obama’s presidential election campaign in 2008 was the need to ‘reach across the aisle’, to curb and reduce, as he put it in his speech on election night, the ‘partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long’. In this, he failed spectacularly. Supporters of the president – myself included – would argue that in many cases he bent over backwards...

  • Survival

    Circumventing Hormuz

    01 February 2014. 

    After 34 years, the Carter Doctrine remains valid. But there are cheaper and more effective ways of keeping the oil flowing than unilateral deployment of military force.

  • IISS Voices

    Arctic opening: Insecurity and opportunity

    31 January 2014.  By Alexa van Sickle, Assistant editor ‘The Arctic is a moving target. The high north is changing rapidly in political, economic and physical terms,’ said Jeffrey Mazo, IISS Consulting Senior Fellow for the Environmental Security and Science Policy. Mazo was speaking at the launch on Wednesday of the latest Adelphi, Arctic Opening: Insecurity and Opportunity, with Christian Le Miére, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security and co-author of the book. Global...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Daniel Serwer: Diversifying Hormuz protection

    28 January 2014.  While my career in recent years has focused on politics, especially in the Balkans and Middle East, I have a long history with energy issues. They were already big in 1972, when I was on the secretariat for the first UN Conference on the Human Environment. Even then global warming was on the agenda. I worked in the mid-1970s at the National Center for Analysis of Energy Systems at Brookhaven...

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Two: Economic opportunities

    13 January 2014.  The Arctic is often described as a vast storehouse of resources – oil and natural gas, other minerals, fisheries and forests – worth trillions of dollars. The prospect that climate change will permit increased exploration for, and exploitation of, these presumed resources has generated a great deal of interest among governments, businesses, the public and the media. The seasonal decline of sea-ice cover has also raised the prospect of large-scale...

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