Intergovernmental Organizations and Climate Security: Advancing the Research Agenda

WIREs Climate Change 2018 9, e496. doi:10.1002/wcc.496.

13 Pages Posted: 17 May 2018

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Lisa Maria Dellmuth

Stockholm University

Maria-Therese Gustafsson

Stockholm University

Niklas Bremberg

Utrikespolitiska Institutet - Swedish Institute of International Affairs

Malin Mobjörk

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

Climate‐related security challenges are transnational in character, leading states to increasingly rely on intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) — such as the European Union and the North‐Atlantic Treaty Organization — for policy solutions. While climate security issues do not typically fit comfortably within the mandates of existing IGOs, recent decades have seen increasing efforts by IGOs to link climate change and security. This article reviews existing studies on IGOs’ responses to climate security challenges. It draws together research from several bodies of literature spanning political science, international relations, and environmental social science, identifying an emerging field of research revolving around IGOs and climate security. We observe significant advancement in this young field, with scholars extending and enriching our understanding of how and why IGOs address climate security challenges. Yet we still know little about the conditions under which IGOs respond to climate security challenges and when they do so effectively. This article discusses the main gaps in current work and makes some suggestions about how these gaps may be usefully addressed in future research. A better understanding of the conditions under which IGOs respond (effectively) to climate security challenges would contribute to broader debates on climate security, institutional change, and effectiveness in international relations and environmental social science, and may facilitate crafting effective global solutions to society's most intractable climate security challenges.

Keywords: international organizations, global governance, climate change, human security, climate security, state security

Suggested Citation

Dellmuth, Lisa Maria and Gustafsson, Maria-Therese and Bremberg, Niklas and Mobjörk, Malin, Intergovernmental Organizations and Climate Security: Advancing the Research Agenda (2018). WIREs Climate Change 2018 9, e496. doi:10.1002/wcc.496., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3172336

Lisa Maria Dellmuth (Contact Author)

Stockholm University ( email )

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Sweden

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Maria-Therese Gustafsson

Stockholm University ( email )

Universitetsvägen 10
Stockholm, Stockholm SE-106 91
Sweden

Niklas Bremberg

Utrikespolitiska Institutet - Swedish Institute of International Affairs ( email )

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P.O. Box 27035
Stockholm, 102 51
Sweden

Malin Mobjörk

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) ( email )

Signalistgatan 9, SE-169 70
Solna
Sweden

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