The Secure and the Dispossessed: Challenging the militarisation of climate change
"What if government and corporate elites have given up on stopping climate change and prefer to try to manage its consequences instead? As historic UN climate talks begin in Paris, this event will examine issues raised by a new book, The Secure and the Dispossessed: How the Military and Corporations are Shaping a Climate-Changed World.
The panel of Dutch and international experts on climate change and security issues will expose the dangers of a new climate security agenda in which the powerful respond to the climate crisis with military and corporate solutions. But it will also share the stories and practices of communities worldwide building the inspiring alternatives that promise a just transition to a climate-changed world.
Ben Hayes is a co-editor of The Secure and the Dispossessed, a TNI fellow who has worked for the civil liberties organisation Statewatch since 1996, specialising in national and international security policies. He is the author of NeoConOpticon: The EU Security-Industrial Complex (Transnational Institute, 2009) and has written widely on the impact of counter-terrorism on human rights, peace-building and civil society; on border control and the development of ‘Fortress Europe’; and on surveillance before and after Edward Snowden.
Nick Buxton is a co-editor of The Secure and the Dispossessed, Communications Manager for Transnational Institute (TNI) and has been involved in global justice and environmental justice movements for over 20 years . He is editor of TNI’s annual State of Power reports and the book Shifting Power – Critical Perspectives on Emerging Economies (2015).
Mirjam van Reisen is Professor of International Relations, Innovation and Care at Tilburg University and the founding director of Europe External Policy Advisors (EEPA), a research centre of expertise on European Union external policy based in Brussels and member of the supervisory board of TNI.
Moderator: Anouschka Laheij
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