The burning Amazon, melting ice in the Arctic, fires in Siberia, global storms, floods, and drought pose an unprecedented threat to European and international security. Climate change is a multi-layered, transnational threat. Cascading effects such as migration, water and food scarcity, and fierce competition for energy independence and control of resources could further accelerate conflict and competition in the 21st century. Joint efforts focussing on investment in sustainable technologies, strengthening climate security and resilience in vulnerable regions, and setting international standards for sustainable infrastructure and connectivity are needed to mitigate climate risk and provide lasting solutions. In times when global powers question and reject multilateral cooperation, the European Union and its member states must take the lead in this fight or risk the devastating impact of climate change.
Our events include photos, audio and video recording that we might use for promotional purposes. By registering, you give your permission to use your image. Should you have any questions, please contact us.
PHOTO CREDIT: CC Flickr/Airman Magazine – Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock
- What is the current state of scientific knowledge on climate change and how it will impact on Europe and its neighbourhood which are the focus of the EU’s security and defence policy?
- Which specific security challenges will climate change pose for the EU and its member states and how well are they prepared to face these challenges?
- How do military forces in both NATO and the EU see their role and utility in responding to climate induced events and scenarios?
- How can the EU better utilize its tremendous satellite capacity for navigating policy choices and actions on climate and security?
Director of the Secretariat of the Sahel Coalition
Senior Strategist and Advisory Board Member at the Center for Climate and Security and Secretary-General of the International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS)
Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Climate and Security and Deputy Director of the International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS)
State Secretary in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Senior Fellow for Peace, Security and Defence and former Deputy Assistant Secretary General for emerging security challenges at NATO
Thibaut Fourriere is a French diplomat with a range of experience in foreign affairs, having held posts in several countries. Prior to his current position, he acted as Minister Counsellor of the French Embassy in Algeria. Before focusing on the Sahel region, he occupied the post of Consul General of France in St Petersburg, Russia and also served as the French Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan.
Sherri Goodman is credited with educating a generation of US military and government officials about the nexus between climate change and national security, using her famous coinage, “threat multiplier”. A former first deputy undersecretary of defence and staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Goodman has founded, led, or advised nearly a dozen research organisations on environmental and energy matters, national security and public policy. Goodman is also Chair of the Board at the Council on Strategic Risks and Senior Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center’s Polar Institute and Environmental Change and Security Programme.
Kate Guy is an expert on the intersection of climate change, national security, and global governance. She most recently worked in American politics as Senior Policy Programme Manager for the Truman National Security Project, and as part of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. She began her career at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, focusing on federal sustainability policies. Guy has also worked on the negotiation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement at various institutions, including the US State Department and within the United Nations.
Auden Halvorsen has held several positions in the fields of foreign policy and defence. Prior to his current role, he was the Political Advisor to then Minister of Defence, Ine Eriksen Søreide. Before his time in government, Halvorsen served firstly as Political Advisor on defence policy, scrutiny and constitutional affairs and then Political Advisor on defence policy and foreign affairs for the Conservative Party Parliamentary Group. He has also held various party and elected positions for the Conservative Party in Oslo.
Retiring from NATO in September 2018 after 38 years at the organisation, Jamie Shea has occupied a number of senior positions at NATO across a wide range of areas, including external relations, press and media, and policy planning. As NATO’s spokesperson, he was the face of the Alliance during the Bosnia and Kosovo conflicts. He later worked as the Director of Policy Planning in the private office of former Secretary General Rasmussen during the preparation of NATO’s 2010 Strategic Concept. Shea is also a regular lecturer and conference speaker on NATO and European security affairs.
- By Stefano Manservisi, Angelino Alfano, Laura Frigenti & Paolo Lembo
- By Jamie Shea
- Frankly Speaking
- By Giles Merritt
- Area of Expertise
- Peace, Security & Defence
Next event live
- Area of Expertise