Author: 

Robert Falkner and Bernice Lee

Environmental threats are bringing new geopolitical, economic and technological challenges to an already unstable world. We are entering a period of intensified environmental stress, in the form of accelerated ecological degradation and greater risk of shortage and disruption in energy and food supplies, as well as heightened political tensions over control of and access to resources. 

Given these complex global challenges and the impending Rio+20 conference, it is time to reflect on what International Relations scholarship can contribute to our understanding of the global politics of sustainability. This special issue of International Affairs brings together established scholars who have made important contributions to research on international politics and environmental sustainability. 

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