Global Governance in the Face of Non-Traditional Risk

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Aired on 2/18/2016

World order rests on a nation-state system that is stabilized through a web of intergovernmental institutions. Climate risk, by presenting fundamental resource challenges to those nation states, will also place strains on intergovernmental institutions, and global governance in general. This webinar will explore how global governance will be affected by climate, as well as how the institutions of global governance can react to climate risk in a way that will strengthen resilience, and enhance cooperation in the international system.

This is the last webinar in the Global Climate Security series co-hosted by the Global Security Initiative at Arizona State University.  To view the previous webinar recordings in the series go to the SSF archives.


Dr. Nadya T. Bliss is the Director of GSI at Arizona State University and was the founding Group Leader of MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory’s Computing and Analytics Group. GSI serves as ASU’s university-wide hub focusing on addressing emerging global challenges characterized by complex interdependencies often presenting conflicting objectives, such as cyber security and digital identity, mitigation and adaptation to climate change impacts, and human security, all of which require multi-disciplinary research and cross-mission collaboration among the defense, development and diplomacy communities.


Dr. Chad Briggs is a Principal Consultant with GlobalINT.  He has a PhD in political science from Carleton University in Canada, and specializes in translation of complex scientific data into risk assessments and strategic planning. He worked as Team Leader under the Energy and Environmental Security Directorate at the US Dept of Energy, and from 2008-2010 was Senior Advisor for International Security Affairs and Special Advisor on Climate Change and Strategic Assessment. He led the Abrupt Climate Change & Security team for DOE, which was tasked with developing methods to assess security risks of abrupt climate changes and communicating these to policymakers. Chad has also worked on post-conflict reconstruction and environmental health issues, including extensive fieldwork in Eastern and Southeastern Europe. After growing up on a farm in rural Wisconsin, he has studied in nine countries since he was first an exchange student to France in 1984.

Shiloh Fetzek is Senior Fellow for International Affairs at the Center for Climate and Security. She is also currently Senior Research Associate for Environment, Climate Change and Security at International Alert in London. She is a security analyst focusing on climate change and environment, based at international affairs and security think tanks since 2007. Her research areas at IISS included climate and demographic security, Syria and the Arctic. She previously led climate security research projects at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London. Ms. Fetzek’s research interests include the social and political repercussions of rapid, large-scale ecological change and their interplay with other drivers of insecurity, including demographic dynamics. At International Alert, she contributes to the New Climate for Peace project commissioned by the G7 Foreign Ministers, along with other research and policy initiatives.

Taylor Dimsdale is Head of Research for E3G, which consults on climate diplomacy and energy policy. He works across several different programme areas including climate and resource security issues, energy policy related to the development of smart grids and demand side resources, international climate finance, and promoting transatlantic dialogue on climate change. Previously he was with the American Institutes for Research.

Benjamin Pohl works as a Senior Project Manager for adelphi, advising on climate and resource governance as well as their interfaces with foreign, security and development policy. His current work focuses in particular on transboundary watercourses and water diplomacy. He was the coordinator and lead author of an expert report on strengthening foreign policy for transboundary waters that was launched at the 2014 Stockholm World Water Week. Moreover, he has worked on (the politics of) specific basins as well as the risks for state fragility related to the impact of climate change on the water cycle. Before joining adelphi, Benjamin Pohl was a desk officer in the German Foreign Office, working on EU cooperation in security and defence policy. Subsequently, he worked at the universities of Leiden and Aberdeen, researching and teaching international relations and completing a PhD on EU foreign policy and the Union’s crisis management operations.