IS CLIMATE CHANGE DRIVING GLOBAL CONFLICT?

Author
Nina von Uexkull, Halvard Buhaug
Content Type
Commentary and Analysis
Institution
Political Violence @ A Glance
Abstract
While former US President Donald Trump frequently denied man-made climate change, the Biden administration has pledged to make climate change a priority, including for national security. In line with years of thinking within the defense sector, the Biden-Harris team refers to climate change as a “threat multiplier,” pointing to risks of regional instability and resource competition driven by worsening environmental conditions. This perspective also aligns with the initiatives of other countries that have pushed climate security in the UN Security Council and other international bodies.
Topic
Conflict Resolution, Climate Change, International Security, Conflict, Armed Conflict
Political Geography
Global Focus