In a perfect storm, the environment, the global economic system and geopolitics are all undergoing rapid, uncontrolled change. In the same way that the climate is in a state of flux, exhibiting erratic behavior before settling into a new norm, in the wake of the global economic crisis, many of the assumptions about the Western economic system have been destroyed, which leads to some troubling questions:
How aggressive will water-hungry China become in order to secure a sufficient supply of it?
What will happen when climate-triggered conflicts like the one in Sudan spread throughout the continent?
As India takes its proper place at the high table of nations and begins large-scale importing of food, what will happen to already shrinking supplies?
Global Warring takes a hard look at these questions. Journalist and analyst Cleo Paskal identifies problem areas that are most likely to start wars, destroy economies and create failed states. Examining the most likely environmental change scenarios, she illuminates the ways in which they could radically alter human existence. A fascinating tour through our uncertain future, Global Warring also offers a controversial new way forward for the global economy and the worldwide environmental crisis.
Grantham Award of Special Merit – The Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment
Cleo Paskal is original and compelling; a pioneering scholar of the new terrain where climate change confronts national security, she charts the dramatic implications not just for the game of nations but for their geographic borders, their resources and their fundamental interests.
– Martin Walker, senior director of the Global Business Policy Council and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of United Press International.
Cleo Paskal's mastery over geopolitics has been fused to a remarkable understanding of just how the coming geophysical changes may affect our planet. This is the fist comprehensive view of the real consequences of environmental change.
– M D Nalapat, UNESCO Peace Chair and director of the Department of Geopolitics, Manipal University, India
Cleo Paskal's vividly illustrates the complex interconnections between climate change, environmental conditions, and energy security. Rather than just take a global view, she also demonstrates how environmental changes will impact the lives of people across the globe.
– Chad Briggs, Senior Advisor, Energy and Environmental Security Directorate. US Department of Energy.
In a field beset by hyperbole on the one hand, and complacency on the other, Cleo Paskal's work provides a refreshing, well-grounded and highly readable take on geopolitics and environmental change in the twenty-first century.
– Jeffrey Mazo, International Institute for Strategic Studies
Cleo Paskal is a Senior Fellow at Chatham House, a leading think tank in London.