A report released today by the Working Group on Climate, Nuclear, and Security Affairs, chaired by the Center for Climate and Security looks at the intersection of two of the key risks facing the globe, namely climate change and nuclear detonations. I am a member of this working group.
From the press release: “The report finds that the effects of climate change are complicating that landscape, and intersecting with nuclear trends, including new countries seeking nuclear energy, some traditional nuclear energy-producing countries pivoting to other power sources, new pressures on the nonproliferation regime, and many specific nuclear risks persisting or increasing. Even more important,” said Dr. Janne Nolan, the Working Group’s Co-chair, Chair of the Nuclear Security Working Group, and Center for Climate and Security Advisory Board Member, “these dynamics are connected. Climate, security, and nuclear trends influence one another, and risk combining in unprecedented and catastrophic ways. This is why understanding systemic risks and remedies and their interconnections is so critical, and the heart of the Working Group’s first report.” For example, some experts are concerned that combining tensions over water, territory, and other issues may increase nuclear detonation risks in regions like South Asia.”
Reece Jones and I have a new paper in Territory, Politics, Governance on “The biopolitics and geopolitics of border enforcement in Melilla.”
Abstract: This article uses the multiple and contradictory realities of Melilla, a pene-enclave and -exclave of Spain in North Africa, to draw out the contemporary practice of Spanish, European Union, and Moroccan immigration enforcement policies. The city is many things at once: a piece of Europe in North Africa and a symbol of Spain’s colonial history; an example of the contemporary narrative of a cosmopolitan and multicultural Europe; a place where extraterritorial and intraterritorial dynamics demonstrate territory’s continuing allure despite the security challenges and the lack of economic or strategic value; a metaphorical island of contrasting geopolitical and biopolitical practices; and a place of regional flows and cross-border cooperation between Spain, the EU, and Morocco. It is a border where the immunitary logic of sovereign territorial spaces is exposed through the biopolitical practices of the state to ‘protect’ the community from outsiders. In light of the hardening of borders throughout European and North African space in recent years, this article offers a rich case study of our persistently territorial world.
A recent short comment on lessons for Europe from North America’s “shale gas revolution” I co-authored with Tim Boersma for Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik is now available here.
Here’s a brief summary of our briefing on November 1st to White House staff.
“On November 1, the Transatlantic Academy’s 2011-2012 fellows teamed up with Cathleen Kelly and the GMF Climate and Energy Program to brief staff in the Executive Office of the President on emerging “hot spots,” where resource competition, accelerated by climate change, could lead to conflict at interstate and local levels. The briefing highlighted key findings in the Transatlantic Academy’s recent report entitled The Global Resource Nexus: The Struggles for Land, Energy, Food, Water, and Minerals, which assesses the economic and security implications of unprecedented growth in global demand for natural resources, coupled with accelerating risks of climate change. The discussion was wide ranging and included the need for better data collection and information on the nexus of natural resources, and, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the costs of not acting to prevent the effects of environmental catastrophes. The importance of the transatlantic learning community in the areas of water management and resource efficiency was also discussed. Many thanks to Cathleen for arranging this productive meeting.”