Climatic and Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear War
Events A nuclear war between any two nations using much less than 1% of the global nuclear arsenal could produce fires that would loft so much smoke into the upper atmosphere that the resulting climate change would be unprecedented in recorded human history. This could threaten millions of people living in extreme poverty to starvation. The largest nuclear nations are still the United States and Russia. Even the reduced arsenals that remain in 2019 due to the New START Treaty threaten the world with nuclear winter. With temperatures plunging below freezing, crops would die and massive starvation could kill most of humanity.What other climatic and humanitarian effects could the use of nuclear weapons have, and are these arguments strong enough to pressure the nine nuclear states to never actually use these weapons?Speaker:Alan Robock, Distinguished Professor of climate science in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA. His areas of expertise include geoengineering, climatic effects of nuclear war, and the effects of volcanic eruptions on climate.The seminar was arranged together with the Swedish Pugwash group, and moderated by Christer Ahlström, Director at UI.
Connecting Europe and Asia-Pacific
Events The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is a forum for dialogue and cooperation between Asia and Europe on the big challenges of a fast-changing world. ASEM leaders have decided to designate a day in March as the “ASEM Day”. In order to highlight this, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Swedish Institute of International Affairs and the European Commission representation in Sweden invite you to a seminar to discuss how Europe can promote its connectivity and partnership with Asia-Pacific. Moderator: Cecilia Ruthström-Ruin, Head of Department for Asia and the Pacific, Ministry for Foreign Affairs Programme:14:00-14:05 Welcoming remarks by Cecilia Ruthström-Ruin14:05-14:20 Teppo Tauriainen, Director General for Trade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs14:20-15:20 Panel discussion:Perspectives from Asia and the PacificAmbassador Shigeyuki Hiroki, Embassy of JapanAmbassador Nur Ashikin Binti Mohd Taib, Embassy of MalaysiaAmbassador Jonathan Charles William Kenna, Embassy of AustraliaPerspectives from EuropeMia Åsenius, Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Cecilia MalmströmHenrik Chetan Aspengren, Research Fellow, UIFredrik Uddenfeldt, Head of Government Affairs, Asia Pacific Region, The Swedish Trade and Investment Council15.20-15.30 Summary and wrap-up
The Future of China–Russia–India Trilateral Relations
Events Relations between Russia, India and China have seen several turns of tides over the last decades. Recently there have been attempts to revive trilateral forms of cooperation outside of the traditional BRICS-format. At the same time the relationship is being tested by strengthened Russia-China ties and India’s deepened cooperation with the U.S.