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10 February 2021

The global threats of 'Corona-conflicts', crime, climate change & political movements

New report by King’s students looks at imminent geopolitical risks all around the world

view of the horizon and clouds below

Organised crime, populism, energy security, ‘Corona-conflicts’ and melting Arctic sea ice are just some of the imminent global risks and challenges analysed by King’s students in a new report.

Published by the King’s Geopolitical Risk Society, the report features 15 thought-provoking pieces by undergraduate and postgraduate students looking at a wide range of issues including:

  • How creating Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam risks destabilising a wide region
  • The long-lasting effects and risks of defunding international development programmes
  • How criminal gangs have adapted to COVID-19 and are weakening government structures
  • The continuation of terrorism during the pandemic
  • The future impact on world politics of increased access to the Arctic due to global warming
  • The threats created by the rise of ethno-racial nationalist and populist politics
  • The emergence of critical astropolitics in Space Race 2.0
  • The increasingly strategic role of the Indian Ocean in the global economy

In a nutshell, Risk Report 2021 looks at the challenges of tomorrow. Although emphasising the role of the pandemic in transforming nature of the contemporary global order may be a cliché at this point, the articles published in the report seek to help stakeholders prepare for this uncertain year, full of both challenges and opportunities.

Archishman Ray Goswami (Editor-In-Chief)

The publication Risk 2021: Navigating the Geopolitical Whirlpools of Tomorrow’ is the society’s 2021 annual report. Each year the society produces a report which aims to predict and analyse imminent risks in the world and you can read previous publications here.