The Geopolitics of Climate Change

Environmental Affairs is Policy Exchange’s quarterly journal, which explores the implications of the growing role of environmental policy. As environmental questions are increasingly felt in other areas, from economics, to security, to foreign affairs, we look at what these overlaps will mean. Our contributors are world leaders, distinguished thinkers and experts in their fields, drawn from the UK and around the world.

In our first edition, we look at The Geopolitics of Climate Change, asking how the international context will change as nations feel the effects of climate change and scramble to adapt.




The Geopolitics of Climate Change

Environmental Policy increasingly reaches the heart of all policy areas, starting with questions of the global balance of power


Climate Change as a Growing Force in Geopolitics

The world requires a new framework for thinking about the geopolitical risks of climate change, argue David Petraeus and Benedict McAleenan


It’s Time for Australia to Lead on Climate

Australia should match the commitments and ambition of its allies, says its former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull


The Great Convergence

The UK’s Integrated Review shows the convergence of British geostrategy with environmental policy, writes William Hague


How Our New Climate Policies Could Lead to Increased Reliance on China

Each step of the battery supply chain exposes Western nations to geostrategic competition, warns Nadia Schadlow


A Climate Security Plan for NATO: Collective Defence for the 21st Century

Erin Sikorsky and Sherri Goodman highlight the relevance of a changing climate on NATO’s founding mission, and how the Alliance must respond


The U.S. Can’t Go It Alone on Solar Geoengineering

Smaller democracies should take a role in shaping solar geoengineering research and governance, say David Keith and Peter Irvine


Strengthening Water Diplomacy

With growing competition for water resources, foreign policy should engage with political realities rather than technical solutions alone, argue Benjamin Pohl, Sabine Blumstein and Susanne Schmeier


Energy Security Gets Local

The move to ‘electrify everything’ will reduce reliance on global oil and gas markets but brings new risks in energy security, writes Ed Birkett


A New Technological Order

Bruno Maçães highlights the increasing age of competition between economic blocs and spheres of influence, which is being accelerated by climate policies


Keeping India at ‘Yes’

A clearer vision of India’s place as a leader has helped to move India towards climate action, argues Mihir S Sharma. Keeping it there will require the West to mobilise private capital for developing economies