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A book review on Sanna Kopra’s book “China and great power responsibility for climate change” has been published this week

A book review by Sebastian Losacker on Sanna Kopra’s book “China and great power responsibility for climate change” has been published this week in Eurasian Geography and Economics.

China is playing an increasingly important role in global politics and value chains. Against this background, it is not only the country’s power that is changing, but also its responsibility. This is particularly true for international climate policy, as China is not only the largest emitter of CO2, but an influential international player. At the same time, other nations such as the USA are currently assuming less and less responsibility. However, China continues to be an emerging economy in many areas and must reconcile this global responsibility with other goals such as poverty reduction and economic catching up. In her book China and Great Power Responsibility for Climate Change, which is based on her dissertation project, Sanna Kopra discusses the understanding of great powers and climate responsibility in the context of China’s current international climate policy engagement.

Losacker, in conclusion, states that “Altogether, Kopra manages not only to deepen the theoretical understanding of great power responsibility, she also provides important empirical insights on China’s international climate policy, marking the book as an important read for academics and policy practitioners alike“. The full version of the review can be read on the journal’s webpage.

The Changing Nature of Russia’s Arctic Presence: A Case Study of Pyramiden

In February 2019 Alina Bykova, a Master’s student at the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto attended our “Russian and Post-socialist environment and energy” research seminar, where she presented a draft version of her Master’s thesis “The changing nature of Russia’s Arctic presence: a case study of Pyramiden”. For her thesis she also interviewed Professor Tynkkynen. The thesis examines the development of Soviet mining colonies on the Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard (Spitsbergen). Now the thesis is ready and was published as a short article on the Arctic Institute’s website.

Master’s Thesis “Kaupunki turvallisuuden kohteena: Tulevaisuusskenaarioita Euroopan turvallisuusympäristöstä vuonna 2040”

Last June Professor Tynkkynen was interviewed by Maria Malho from the University of Helsinki, for her Master’s Thesis “Kaupunki turvallisuuden kohteena: Tulevaisuusskenaarioita Euroopan turvallisuusympäristöstä vuonna 2040” (City as Referent Object of Security: Futures Scenarios of Europe’s Security Environment in 2040). This highly evaluated thesis can be found online. Additionally, you can read Maria Malho’s research on the topic in English at Demos Helsinki.