Climate Diplomacy Podcast

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Episode 16

Climate-related security risks as an opportunity for mediation?

This special podcast episode, recorded live at the 2021 Berlin Climate Security Conference, explores how to integrate climate security into mediation and peacebuilding. Our expert panellists — Michael Keating (European Institute of Peace) and Janel Galvanek (Berghof Foundation) — highlight a range of issues, including how climate risks can provide an entry point for mediation, how communities must be empowered with knowledge on climate security, and that more integration is needed between international peace building and climate action.

Watch the live recording here.


Episode 15

Climate Security around the world: examples of locally informed solutions

In this special episode, recorded live at the Berlin Climate and Security Conference 2021, we explore climate-related security risks and entry-points in three key regions: Southern Africa, the Arctic, and the Horn of Africa. We hear from the regional experts Ottilia Anna Maunganidze (Institute for Security Studies), Marisol Maddox (Wilson Center), and Sagal Abshir (The Clean Fight). They highlight what is unique about each region, and what unites them – particularly the need for locally-informed solutions.

You can also watch this episode here.

Episode 14

Setting the scene: EU climate diplomacy in a post-Covid-19 world

The European Parliament issued a resolution on climate diplomacy in 2018. Since then, the policy landscape has evolved rapidly with the development of the European Green Deal, as well as the pandemic and ongoing efforts for a green post-Covid recovery. In this episode, Dennis Tänzler and Daria Ivleva highlight findings of their recent report on EU climate diplomacy, identifying progress made and tasks for the Parliament going forward. Key topics to consider include trade policy and finance, gender equality, and tackling climate security risks. 

Download the study here.

Episode 13

What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic

The Arctic is experiencing anthropogenic climate change at three times the global rate of change. Its sea ice minimum reached its second lowest level on record in 2020. Marisol Maddox, author of the CSEN risk brief on the Arctic, walks us through the critical climate-related breaking points the region is experiencing and why it matters for the whole world. She further elaborates on the geopolitical implications of these dynamics, also looking at opportunities.

Download the risk brief here.

Episode 12

Old narratives die hard: Rethinking climate-induced human mobility

Climate-induced mobility is more than sudden displacement. It is also a consequence of slow-onset changes, structural shortcomings and governance failures. Luckily, the opportunities for addressing it and adapting to its impacts are just as diverse. Beatrice Mosello and Gareth Price, authors of the report “Rethinking mobility in the face of global changes”, give insights into climate-related mobility, focusing on Central Asia and Bangladesh.

Download the CASCADES report here.

Episode 11

South Asia on the brink: A look at climate change to help address the region's compound fragilities

South Asia is one of the most climate-vulnerable regions in the world. On the one hand, it lacks resources to cope with worsening climate impacts; on the other, climate change is increasingly interacting with socio-economic, demographic and political factors to compound fragility in the region. Together with Dhanasree Jayaram, author of the CSEN South Asia risk brief, we discuss climate-fragility pathways and possible solutions for the region.

Download the South Asia risk brief here.

Episode 10

Digging into food insecurity and climate change: Root causes and how (not) to solve it

This episode digs into the food insecurity-climate change nexus. It looks at how vulnerable agriculture is to a rapidly and erratically changing climate, but at the same time, how much it contributes to it. We discuss some of the narratives around food security and the environmental systems needed for food production. This episode is a special edition around the UN Food Systems Summit 2021, which aims to awaken the world to the fact that we all must work together to transform the way the world produces, consumes, and thinks about food.

Episode 9

Let´s talk about Mali: The impacts of climate change on insecurity and gender inequality

In this episode, we discuss climate fragility risks in Mali with Chitra Nagarajan, author of the climate fragility risk brief on Mali and member of the Climate Security Expert Network (CSEN). During the interview, we hear her insights on how climate change is projected to affect Mali and learn more about five pathways through which climate change impacts fragility in Mali. Moreover, this episode takes a closer look at gender dynamics with regard to climate security. 

Download the Mali risk brief here.

Episode 8

Hot days ahead: How climate impacts are pushing Afghanistan’s multiple burdens to the brink

In this episode, we look at Afghanistan and discuss how climate impacts are pushing its multiple burdens to the brink and what the Afghan government and international community could and should do to address the security risks presented by climate change. Our guest is Oli Brown, Associate Fellow at Chatham House and author of the climate-fragility risk brief on Afghanistan.

Download the Afghanistan risk brief here.

Episode 7

Does China's Belt and Road initiative put the brakes on decarbonisation? The case of Kazakhstan

The Belt and Road Initiative is a prime example of how decarbonisation processes interact with geopolitics. China’s support to energy, transportation and industrial projects influence emissions trajectories of the partner countries, and investments often underpin the geopolitical aspirations of China and its partners. This episode, featuring Daria Ivleva, author of the MISTRA Geopolitics report “The Belt and Road Initiative in Kazakhstan,' looks at China-financed projects in Kazakhstan and seeks to explore the dynamics of decarbonisation and geopolitics.

Download the BRI report here.

Episode 6

COVID and Climate Security

The COVID-19 pandemic has profound global impacts. While all countries have been affected, the pandemic is hitting those who were already struggling with poverty, conflict and the impacts of climate change especially hard. This podcast episode seeks to explore these dynamics by interviewing the authors of the Climate Security Expert Network Report Spreading Disease, Spreading Conflict?: - Adrian Foong (Analyst, adelphi), Beatrice Mosello (Senior Advisor, adelphi), Christian König (Analyst, adelphi), Emily Wright (Consultant, adelphi), and Susanne Wolfmaier (Project Manager, adelphi).

Download the report here.

Episode 5

We Need To Talk - Changing Climate, Changing Conflicts

This episode features Andrew Gilmour, Executive Director of the Berghof Foundation, and Janani Vivekananda, Senior Advisor at adelphi, in an intimate fireside chat. Moderated by renowned mediator and former diplomat Günther Baechler, they discuss why and how climate change and environmental considerations should be an integral part of conflict analysis and peacebuilding processes. The speakers’ vast experiences seeing first-hand the effects of climate change on conflict dynamics around the world allows for an interesting and lively discussion about climate change in peacebuilding.

Episode 4

Foreign Affairs and the Agenda 2030

The world needs to undergo a deep, transformative change to achieve sustainability. Yet, progress on many of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda is lagging while the willingness to cooperate internationally often seems to be waning. Foreign policy must help bridge this gap, ensuring ambition and providing guidance. In this episode of the Climate Diplomacy Podcast, host Martin Wall discusses the role of foreign affairs in the global sustainability architecture with Daria Ivleva, one of the editors of adelphi’s recent publication Driving Transformative Change: Foreign Affairs and the Agenda 2030.

Download the publication here.

Episode 3

Populism and Climate Change

Right-wing populist parties are already part of the governments of seven EU member states and are expected to make up a quarter of MEPs after the European elections in May 2019. The dwindling trust of citizens in democratic institutions and in Europe, the re-sorting of party spectrums, the declining influence of traditional popular parties as well as the emergence of multi-party coalitions and minority governments will all make governance increasingly difficult. In this episode, host Martin Wall talks to Stella Schaller and Alexander Carius, authors of an explorative study on the the voices and the weight of right-wing populist parties in the formulation of European climate policy.

Download the study here.

Episode 2

#Doable - The Planetary Security Conference 2019

The Planetary Security Conference brings together experts, policymakers and politicians from around the world to discuss how best to tackle the security risks of climate change. The conference also reports on progress towards meeting the ambitions of The Hague Declaration which set out an action agenda for the community of practice on climate security. This year we spent some time interviewing some of the participants to get their insights into how climate change affects international and human security. Interviewees include Alexander Carius (Managing Director, adelphi), Dr. Dhanasree Jayaram (Assisstant Professor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education in India), and Camilla Born (Senior Policy Advisor, E3G and SIPRI Senior Fellow).

Also watch the Best of Video of the Planetary Security Conference 2019.

Episode 1

The UNSC's role in addressing climate related security risks

With climate change increasingly being seen as a security issue, we ask what role the United Nations Security Council could and should play. To answer this question, we are joined on the Climate Diplomacy Podcast by UN expert and Chatham House Associate Fellow Oli Brown. In this podcast, Oli explains some of the challenges that the UN Security Council has had in tackling climate change and outlines the prospects for action in the future.

Interviewee: Oli Brown, Chatham House