The consequences of climate change and energy transition are becoming a part of geopolitics, as increasingly acknowledged by global actors like the EU. However, to fully tackle the systemic crisis that is already unraveling, it is necessary to look beyond mere carbon emissions and understand climate as a long-term process of all-encompassing ecological change and accelerating disintegration on a planetary scale. There is a need for coherent and comprehensive European ecological diplomacy, which focuses more intently on conflict and fragile zones, and which systemically shifts the EU’s geoeconomic, regulatory, trade, and multilateral power toward efforts that advance socio-ecological peace and stabilization.
In this FIIA seminar, we will consider ecological diplomacy in the context of foreign and security policy. What should a European approach to ecological diplomacy entail? What are the potential avenues for collaboration to operationalize ecological diplomacy?