Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Climate Solutions Lab

The International Politics of Climate Change

Columbia University

Political Science


Page Fortna


Climate change presents arguably the biggest threat to humanity in recorded history. It has the potential to change international politics in unprecedented ways. It also represents a global problem for which both mitigation and adaptation require international cooperation. Yet the study of climate change in the field of international relations remains underdeveloped relative to other topics in IR, and certainly relative to the enormity of the stakes.

This advanced graduate colloquium (seminar format) will explore existing literatures and emerging research agendas on climate change in the field of international relations. We will draw also on literatures and research in other subfields and other disciplines as this topic is inherently interdisciplinary.