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|UPCOMING EVENT |
Parliament, Brussels - 01 September
IES: Environment, Development & Security: New Ideas, Fast Action
More info to come...
|WORK IN PROGRESS|
|IN THIS ISSUE|
ILLEGAL TRADE IN NATURAL RESOURCES. WHAT CAN BRUSSELS DO?
A two-day event to debate on illegal trade and on the role of European Union
On 29-30 September 2010 the issue of illegal trade in natural resources
will be discussed by IES and its partners during a two-day event in
The event, organised in the framework of IES
Pathfinder project and in collaboration with BICC, GLOBE EU and Europe,
International Alert, IISD, Madariaga – College of Europe Foundation, SIPRI,
Transparency International and Worldwatch Institute, will be kick-started by an
opening dinner on the evening of 29 and will be followed by the conference on
Thursday 30 September.
Hosted at the European Economic and Social Committee, the conference will be
developed around four main sessions with the aim to provide a global overview
on the issue at stake through various perspectives, and to define what the EU
can do to contribute to this struggle.
SECURITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
New publication by IES Fellow Rita Floyd reflects on US environmental security policy
IES Fellow Rita Floyd publishes a new book
on environmental security with Cambridge University Press. Security and the Environment: Securitisation Theory and US
Environmental Security Policy traces United States’ environmental security
policy over time from its early beginnings in 1993 when the first Clinton
administration declared environmental security a national security issue, to the
end of the Bush administrations in 2009, when environmental security had
vanished from the US government’s agenda.
Floyd uses this changing US environmental security policy to
revise the Copenhagen school’s influential ‘securitisation theory’, so that
this theory allows the analyst to gain insights into the intentions of
securitising actors. This revision reveals surprising findings regarding the
intentions of key actors behind the Clinton day US environmental security
policy; findings that are relevant especially also in the context of today’s
push for ‘climate security’.
WATER AND HUMAN SECURITY IN SOUTH ASIA
IES fellow Michael Renner speaks about the issue of access to water in south Asia
The quantity and quality
of available water play a crucial role in the politics of central-south Asia,
and more specifically the Indus and Amu Darya water basins. Access to clean
drinking water is a major, though largely unmet, objective and poor management
lies at the heart of many problems. Many areas in
the region are already experiencing physical water shortages – recent studies
estimate per capita water availability in the densely-populated Indus basin at
around 1,000 cubic metres per year – and climate change will only exacerbate
The region’s water challenges do not inevitably
lead to armed conflict. Unalleviated, however, they threaten to undermine human
security and bring different communities into dispute. Cooperative approaches
have been sparse and institutional structures in the region remain fragmented.
Yet cooperation will be critical for the region to meet its water challenges in
the years and decades ahead.