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Climate Change and Security in Africa: Vulnerability Report
Vulnerability Report - 1 December 2010

This Vulnerability Report looks at the security implications of climate change in Africa in five key areas related to Water Security, Food Security, Energy Security, Migration and Natural Hazards. The authors of the report have attempted to highlight the overall potential security risks in Africa, the "hot spot" countries and regions linked to each security area, the needs of effected communities and a summary of ongoing initiatives developed to promote adaptation and mitigation efforts. The Vulnerability Report is a combination of initial desk research conducted mainly in Brussels and Geneva by the authors, and the comments received from over 120 local, regional and international representatives at the Dialogue Forum organised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the 11 October 2010. The Dialogue Forum was organised as a pre-event to the 7th African Development Forum (11-15 October 2010), hosted by UNECA and the African Development Bank, and the meeting of the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA), arranged by the European Commission on 12 October. The Vulnerability Report is to serve as the starting point for further assessments and the elaboration of "fundable" projects related to the security implications of climate change in Africa.

The Vulnerability Report is the product of collaboration between the Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation, the Folke Bernadotte Academy, the European Union, the German Federal Government, the European Investment Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the United Nations Environment Programme, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the International Organization for Migration, the Global Water Institute, the Institute for Environmental Security and Kulima Integrated Development Solutions.

The Vulnerability Report has derived benefit from the kind financial assistance of the German Federal Government and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The Report does not necessarily reflect the views of the German Federal Government or Sida, and sole responsibility for content rests with the individual authors.


EU-China Trade through a Bumpy Transition

Pierre Defraigne - Executive Director, Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation

26 November 2010, Hangzhou, China

In this speech Pierre Defraigne, Executive Director of Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation, discusses the issues of multilateralism, industrial and trade relations between the EU and China and warns against the financiarisation of China's economy. Through an examination of the global economic transitions that have occurred over the last few decades, Defraigne also speaks on the rebalancing of EU - China trade relations and the restructuring of China's export portfolio. 

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Fair Multilateralism: An Answer to the Crisis of Western Capitalism and the Rise of China

Pierre Defraigne - Executive Director, Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation

26 November 2010, Hangzhou, China

In this speech Pierre Defraigne discusses the multilateralisation of the international economic system, the rise of China and the crisis of Western capitalism. Looking at the history of market capitalism and the economic role and position of the European Union, the United States and China, Defraigne argues that multilateralism - through a fairer international economic order - is the best way of dealing with international and regional instabilities and safeguarding prosperity.

The speech was originally delivered at the Centre for European Studies, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China on the 26th November 2010. 

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China's Navy: Resources and Strategy

Daniel Fiott - former Research Fellow, Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation

29 November 2010, Brussels

Daniel Fiott, former Research Fellow at the Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation, recently delivered a presentation entitled "China's Navy: Resources and Strategy" to an event organised by the European Institute for Asian Studies on The Indian Ocean: Strategic Arena for the 21st Century. Fiott spoke alongside Dr. Alessio Patalano, War Studies Department - King's College London, Antoine Levesque, Research Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, and Alexandros Papaioannou, Policy Advisor to the Secretary-General - NATO. Fiott's presentation focused on Chinese naval strategy in the face of a greater need for energy resources, and the realities of the strength of the Chinese Navy in comparison to the naval forces of the United States, United Kingdom and India. The presentation built on Fiott's initial findings in the Madariaga Paper "China's PLAN: Securing Supplies and Sailing into Blue-Waters?", Vol. 2, No. 6 (December, 2009).

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Energy Security and Climate Change: A Research Methodology

Daniel Fiott - former Research Fellow, Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation

22 November 2010, Ophain-Bois-Seigneur, Belgium

Daniel Fiott, former Research Fellow at the Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation, recently delivered a presentation entitled "Energy Security and Climate Change: A Research Methodology" to a joint ENVSEC (UNEP, UNDP, OSCE, NATO, UNECE, REC) - Institute for Environmental Security workshop on Environmental Security Assessments: Metholodogies and Practices on the 22 November 2010. The workshop was held at the Chateau de Bois-Seigneur-Isaac, Belgium, and was attended by 30 persons from organisers, producers and users of ESAs, academic experts and representatives from UN and EU institutions and national governments.

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Call for Applications

Peace Tour Award for Outstanding Chinese Students in Europe

The Peace Tour Award has been jointly set up by the Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation (MCF) and the Europe-China Cultural and Educational Foundation (ECCEF), the European branch of the Peace Tour Committee - World Famous Chinese Artists Global Painting Peace Tour Committee - in order to grant awards to outstanding Chinese students or researchers studying in the European Union.

Results of the Jury's deliberation will be delivered by the end of July.

The date of Award Ceremony will be made public as soon as possible. 

More info here



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