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Erosion of State Sovereignty


A reading titled ‘Climate Change, the Erosion of State Sovereignty, and World Order’ by Francesco Femia and Caitlin E. Werell that discusses how climate change can potentially stress natural resources and its effect on state stability and sovereignty. The reading discusses different threats to state sovereignty and potential causes of political instability, conflict and state collapse with respect to climate change induced natural resource stress.

Students will learn about how climate change causes stress on a state’s natural resources and how it impacts its functioning and development. They will also learn about different types of state structures and their vulnerability to climate change induced human migration, political instability and conflict

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. How does climate change affect the internal security of a country?
  2.  Discuss the six types of erosion of sovereignty from the reading.
About Tool
Tool Name Climate Change, the Erosion of State Sovereignty, and World Order
Discipline Social Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline International Studies, Geopolitics, Peace and Conflict Studies, Security Studies, State Sovereignty, Human Migration, War
Climate Topic Policy, Politics, and Environmental Governance, Climate and Society
Type of tool Reading
Grade Level Undergraduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Francesco Femia and Caitlin E. Werrell in Epicenters of Climate and Security: The New Geostrategic Landscape of the Anthropocene eds Caitlin E. Werrell and Francesco Femia
Hosted at The Center for Climate and Security
Access Online/Offline
Computer Skills Basic

Mapped Sustainable Development Goal(s), apart from 4 and 13


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