IISS – Climate Change and Weaponization of Natural Resources
Climate change is intensifying pre-existing scarcity and vulnerability of key natural resources, providing an opportunity for conflict parties to weaponize these for political/military gains and using them as a tool for strategic and tactical aims, psychological terrorism and extortion or incentivization.
In this webinar, Dr Susanne Schmeier, Mark P. Nevitt, Laura Birkman, Dr Marcus D. King and Dr Irene Mia will discuss the dynamics of natural resources weaponizations in conflict in the context of accelerating climate change-induced scarcity and the implications for future policy attention. The webinar will also explore possible early warning methods to identify conflict areas/states most at risk of resources weaponizations and multilateral solutions to strengthen the protection of natural resources and prevent their violent instrumentalization in conflicts. The event will also feature a short presentation by Erica Pepe, Senior Coordinator for Research and Conflict, Security and Development Analyst, IISS.