The second geostrategic forum - GEOFOR

Global climate change in the risk society

Zagreb, 4. November 2022, House Europe, Augusta Cesarca 4, starting at 12:00 pm

Organized by the Institute for European and Globalization Studies, digital think tank

ORGANIZER

The Institute for European and globalization studies

PARTNERS

Institute for migration and ethnic studies
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Split
European Parliament

GEOFOR 2022

Forum's definition, concepts and goals

Definition

The Geostrategic Forum was established in Zagreb in 2020 with the aim of analyzing and conceptualizing the results of the Mediterranean Agricultural Forum, the ICT Society Forum, and the International Energy Forum in the context of geopolitics, thus articulating the exposed public policies in the context of the new social paradigm in the global risk society.

The Geostrategic Forum is based on the present results of IEGS.

Concept

The Geostrategic Forum has as its basic assumption the fact that the reconstruction of the old geopolitical framework of the world is underway, and consequently that there is an attempt to establish a new one.

Within the new geopolitical framework of the world, at the beginning of the 21st century, there will be a new / different positioning of the EU in relation to the USA, China and Russia. In this context, the Geostrategic Forum is a place for discussions and analyses of the new concept of multipolarity in the world.

Within the new geopolitical framework of the world, the focus is on population, food, energy and ICT technology, and climate change in the context of a global risk society.

Goals

Promoting the importance of geostrategy / geopolitics in the context of the new social paradigm, both within the academic sector and in the general public, with a special emphasis on the public sector.

The Forum provides clear and articulated concepts and solutions to problems related to public policies of IT, energy, and Mediterranean agriculture, both locally and regionally and internationally.

The Geostrategic Forum is based on the premise of identifying key issues and providing a framework for politically independent discussions on public policies, strategic and security trends in 21st century geopolitics determined by various risks.

Synthesizing and analyzing public policy proposals of other forums from the position of geopolitics.

Panels

Director's foreword

Prof. dr. sc. Marta Zovko
Forum director

Environmental security is becoming more and more important in today’s global (risk) society. How does one envision security of the environment and what is there to be done in this human-environment relationship? The first step towards an answer is the ability to question power-structures surrounding this relationship and to study geographically interconnected problems and issues. Once the mist around geographical patterns of action and power-related spheres has cleared, it is possible to move towards a more active scientific approach and policy related insights. If population trends, resource scarcity, climate change, food security, water stress, or conflicts related to environmental degradation are examined without taking into consideration a wider geopolitical background, this may often lead towards selective and discursive practices as well as ad hoc and temporary solutions.

Critical geopolitics questions power-place related structures and offers scope for further research. One of the first scholars introducing issues of environmental geopolitics and environmental security is Simon Dalby (2018, 2020) followed by Shannon O’Lear (2018) who interconnected issues of environmental geopolitics, security, and risk society. For O’Lear “environmental geopolitics examines how environmental themes are used to support geopolitical arguments and physical realities of power and place“ (www.rowman.com).

The scope of the 2nd GEOFOR conference is to provide comprehensive and interdisciplinary perspective on contemporary phenomena of environmental security and consequences of global climate change through the lens of critical geopolitics. The main goals are to argue the meaning of environment in a global risk society, to examine how environmental geopolitics expands the understanding of risk and security, to discuss the balance of human-environment relationship and to highlight the spatial dimension of current environment-related security issues. Therefore, the topics of papers should be oriented towards, but not exclusive to, questioning and analyzing:

– environmental security in general, origins, theoretical concepts, and practice

– migration processes in the 21st century both as a cause and as a consequence of imbalanced human-environment relationship

– climate change, climate change issues and consequences

– environmental geopolitics, geographical patterns, and “green” power-politics

– food systems and food security, commodity chains and energy supplies

– water scarcity and issues for water-related conflicts.

Prof.dr.sc. Marta Zorko

Environmental security is becoming more and more important in today’s global (risk) society. How does one envision security of the environment and what is there to be done in this human-environment relationship? The first step towards an answer is the ability to question power-structures surrounding this relationship and to study geographically interconnected problems and issues. Once the mist around geographical patterns of action and power-related spheres has cleared, it is possible to move towards a more active scientific approach and policy related insights. If population trends, resource scarcity, climate change, food security, water stress, or conflicts related to environmental degradation are examined without taking into consideration a wider geopolitical background, this may often lead towards selective and discursive practices as well as ad hoc and temporary solutions.

Critical geopolitics questions power-place related structures and offers scope for further research. One of the first scholars introducing issues of environmental geopolitics and environmental security is Simon Dalby (2018, 2020) followed by Shannon O’Lear (2018) who interconnected issues of environmental geopolitics, security, and risk society. For O’Lear “environmental geopolitics examines how environmental themes are used to support geopolitical arguments and physical realities of power and place“ (www.rowman.com).

The scope of the 2nd GEOFOR conference is to provide comprehensive and interdisciplinary perspective on contemporary phenomena of environmental security and consequences of global climate change through the lens of critical geopolitics. The main goals are to argue the meaning of environment in a global risk society, to examine how environmental geopolitics expands the understanding of risk and security, to discuss the balance of human-environment relationship and to highlight the spatial dimension of current environment-related security issues. Therefore, the topics of papers should be oriented towards, but not exclusive to, questioning and analyzing:

– environmental security in general, origins, theoretical concepts, and practice

– migration processes in the 21st century both as a cause and as a consequence of imbalanced human-environment relationship

– climate change, climate change issues and consequences

– environmental geopolitics, geographical patterns, and “green” power-politics

– food systems and food security, commodity chains and energy supplies

– water scarcity and issues for water-related conflicts.

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