Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources Department and Asia-Pacific Programme
Cleo Paskal

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Cleo Paskal is an associate fellow in the Energy, Environment and Resources department and the Asia-Pacific Programme. Her research examines the increasingly strategic confluence of geopolitical, geoeconomic, and geophysical changes.

She has consulted or briefed for a wide range of stakeholders, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Royal College of Defence Studies (UK), US. Army War College, National Defence College (India), National Defence College (Oman), the German Foreign Office, the EU, and heads of major corporations, and security professionals from over 30 countries.

She has been widely published and makes frequent media appearances. Her book, Global Warring: How Environmental, Economic, and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map (Macmillan, 2010) has won multiple awards.

Her most recent book is the bestselling Spielball Erde (Random House, 2012), co-authored with German TV news anchor Claus Kleber.

She is also a 2015 Trudeau visiting fellow at the Centre d'études et de recherches internationales de l'Université de Montréal (CERIUM), adjunct faculty in the Department of Geopolitics, Manipal University (India) and a Huffington Post blogger.

Areas of expertise

  • The confluence of the 'three geos' (geopolitical, geoeconomic and geophysical changes), particularly in the Arctic, South Pacific and India
  • Geopolitical, economic, strategic and security implications of large-scale environmental change
  • How environmental change might affect borders             
  • How environmental change might alter global transportation systems and what that could mean economically and geostrategically  
  • New challenges to energy security 
  • Identification of nations/regions where environmental change is most likely to trigger conflict
  • Military implications of environmental change        
  • Geopolitics in the South Pacific            
  • Economic, political and social issues in the world's smallest countries and dependencies (including Monaco, Liechtenstein, Andorran, San Marino, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Maldives, Seychelles, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Tonga, Nauru, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and others)

Past experience

2010-dateBlogger, Huffington Post
2008-dateAdjunct Faculty, Global Change, SCMS, Kochi, India
2007-dateAdjunct Faculty, Department of Geopolitics, Manipal University, India


Over two dozen major awards for published works. Also wrote a 13-part Emmy-winning tv documentary series. Global Warring awarded a Special Merit in the 2010 Grantham Prize, and won the Mavis Gallant Non-Fiction Book Award.

2015 Trudeau Visiting Fellowship, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.