A New Climate for Peace

Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks

This independent report, commissioned by the G7 members, identifies seven compound climate-fragility risks that pose serious threats to the stability of states and societies in the decades ahead. Based on a thorough assessment of existing policies on climate change adaptation, development cooperation and humanitarian aid, and peacebuilding, the report recommends that the G7 take concrete action, both as individual members and jointly, to tackle climate-fragility risks and increase resilience to them.


Resilience Compass

When climate change exacerbates conflicts and crises, resilience must be the compass for foreign policy. The Resilience Compass features news, reflections and opinions on climate change and fragility, with contributions from the Wilson Center’s New Security Beat, International Alert and guest authors.


Factbook, Readings, Events

This collection of resources complements and extends the analysis of the report. It contains an interactive factbook allowing users to explore case studies from around the world and provides background readings and contextualized report and event summaries.

Thematic Reading

The Geopolitics of Decarbonisation: Re-shaping European Foreign Relations

03 July, 2020

The European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen has committed to accelerating decarbonisation in Europe as a major priority. The European Green Deal aims to reach the objective of climate neutrality by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement objective of keeping global temperatures as close as possible to 1.5°C above the pre-industrial era. This also needs to be adequately reflected in European external relations.

To what extent and how will the EU’s and global decarbonization patterns impact the EU’s external relations with suppliers of fossil fuels? How should the EU’s foreign relations be shaped to exploit the opportunities and address the vulnerabilities stemming from deep decarbonization? A new study from adelphi and the Institute for European Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, supported by the German Ministry for Foreign Affairs, inquires the impact of decarbonization on six suppliers of fossil fuels, exploring the consequences for the EU’s foreign policy with a view to providing recommendations to the EU, including the incoming German Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Date: 3 July 2020, 14:00 – 15:30 | Venue: Online event, click here to register



  • 14:00 – 14:05: Introductory remarks by Sebastian Oberthür, Professor for Environment and Sustainable Development, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Moderator)
  • 14:05 – 14:25: Presentation of the IES-Adelphi study “The Geopolitics of decarbonization: re-shaping European and foreign relations”

Dennis Tänzler, Director for International Climate Policy, adelphi 

Emily Wright, Project Manager, adelphi

  • 14:25 – 15:00: Discussion

Caroline Kuzemko, Associate Professor in International Political Economy, University of Warwick

Marc Vanheukelen, EU Ambassador at large for Climate Diplomacy, European External Action Service

  • 15:00 – 15:30: Q&A


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