Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 06/2014

Climate Change and EU Security Policy: An Unmet Challenge

Richard Youngs

May 2014

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Climate change plays an increasingly important role in European security debates. The European Union (EU) has begun to develop “climate security” strategies that address the strategic and political impacts of climate change. But policymakers are uncertain about how to shape immediate policy responses, and efforts to address various climate-related threats have fallen short. The EU needs to develop a more comprehensive strategy that responds to and prepares for climate-induced geopolitical instability.