The invasion of Ukraine, Covid-19 and climate change

Björn-Ola Linnér, Programme Director of Mistra Geopolitics, Professor at Linköping University and SEI Affiliated Researcher, wrote in the foreword of the annual report:

“Geopolitics, climate change and societal transformations toward decarbonization and resilience are tightly linked. This has been the rationale behind Mistra Geopolitics since we launched this research programme in 2017. With the Russian invasion of Ukraine, our contributions to research and policy are painfully more relevant than ever.”

— Björn-Ola Linnér, Programme Director of Mistra Geopolitics, Professor at Linköping University and SEI Affiliated Researcher

Lena Ek, Chair of the Mistra Geopolitics Board, wrote in her introduction:

“Today, with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and alarming reports from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, it is increasingly significant. The work of our researchers and scientists has become more urgent and more needed. How will the present situation affect climate, food security, minerals, transport, human rights and human beings – today, and in the future? And how can we find answers to these pressing realities?”

— Lena Ek, Chair of the Mistra Geopolitics Board and former Environment Minister of Sweden and former member of the European Parliament

Human security, geopolitics and sustainable development

A core ambition of Mistra Geopolitics is to provide research that can identify and strengthen the opportunities for peace and security and human security that can arise in the dynamics of a changing geopolitical landscape and the pursuit of sustainable development.

Mistra Geopolitics’ analyses of the interplay between geopolitical development and strategic environmental policy decisions are unique. Four themes will guide the program’s research 2021 to 2024, examining the geopolitics of:

Mistra Geopolitics Chair thanks scientists

Mistra Geopolitics Chair of the Board Lena Ek concluded, “Thank you to all participating scientists and experts, research institutions, universities and partners who have contributed to the excellent work of the past year! The Board of Mistra Geopolitics hereby proudly presents the annual report of 2021 in the hope that the results achieved will take the world a few steps closer to fulfilling the SDGs.”