Climate Change

How Germany and the United States Can Strengthen Cooperation

“Federal governments should no longer be viewed as the sole source for action and solutions both because of the current administration in the US and a continued power shift towards NGOs and local actors. Engagement at the subnational level is ever more critical.” This is one of the key conclusions from the first “Atlantic Expedition”. View

Future-Proofing NATO: A Forthcoming Decade of Change

Memo 50: NATO must adopt hybrid models of national defense, coordinate efforts on economic and electronic warfare, and secure its space-based infrastructure. The Alliance should also establish a partnership with China and strengthen its presence in the Arctic. View

NATO Energy Security Strategy Crucial to Checking Russian Aggression

Russian gas supplies are dividing Europe on sanctions. Recognition of the security implications of climate change are becoming widely recognized. NATO can and should play a key role in driving positive on both by building energy security for its members. Including specific, targeted mandates to enable mutual energy security in NATO’s mission moving forward would be to both recognize the key challenges of our time and bolster longstanding alliance precepts. View

The Biggest Threat to Geopolitical Stability: Climate Change

Climate change represents a threat to geopolitical stability that is present, tangible and crucially, preventable. It may be too late to avert all of the dangers posed by global warming, but it is not too late to prevent catastrophe. Reducing carbon dioxide emissions to a scientifically determined threshold must become a precondition of NATO membership. View

The Domino Effect of Environmental Threats

The necessity to focus NATO’s attention on climate change and environmental degradation at the 2016 Warsaw Summit is essential for preserving international security, as these threats will intensify interstate instability, terrorism, and modify the geopolitical board game. By establishing a clear energy-efficient active strategy, encouraging multilateral cooperation, and promoting open dialogue, NATO will be better prepared to tackle the irreversible environmental threats. View

Transatlantic Energy Plan Crucial For Tackling Climate Change

The European Union and United States have an opportunity to formulate a cohesive climate policy at the UN Climate Summit that could vastly reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. Presently, the Obama Administration and the European Commission contain both the political will and resources to implement a shift towards renewable energy technologies. This could yield a systematic divestment from fossil fuels, particularly crude oil, but this may not be enough. View

West Should Respond to Russian Militarization of the Arctic

While Western nations tend to view the Arctic as the "Global Commons," an increasingly unpredictable and desperate Russia seems to think differently. As Moscow begins military exercises in the region, the West should be wary of what might be next. From threats of full militarization to oil exploitation, the potential environmental and security risks are not to be underestimated. View

EU-Latin American Cooperation: An Affair of One?

The European Union portrays itself as a global actor, but there are still regions in which EU policymakers have not created strong partnerships. Latin America is one of these neglected regions. Progress on the relationship between Latin America and the EU has gotten lost somewhere in all of the rhetoric, and concrete objectives have fallen by the wayside. A summit of EU and Latin American leaders in Brussels is an opportunity for the EU to renew its efforts and get a seat at the Latin American table. View

Thomas Friedman on the World's Most Disruptive Forces

The Market, Moore’s Law and Mother Nature are the three biggest forces shaping the world today. That was Thomas Friedman’s central thesis at a recent event hosted by the American Academy in Berlin. He described how the expansion and speed of globalization (the market), the exponential acceleration of computing power (Moore’s Law), and climate change, the extinction of biodiversity, and population growth (Mother Nature) affect individual careers, national economies, and entire civilizations. View

Book Review: "Want, Waste, or War?"

The authors of this book, Philip Andrews-Speed et al., present a compelling case for taking a resource nexus approach in analyzing global resource use by considering the interconnectedness among natural resources. This approach helps to understand the potential implications across regions. Without a fairer and more effective approach to resource governance, risks for increased waste, want and war will likely become more pressing in the future. View