Géopolitique

Cette page regroupe l'ensemble des publications de Futuribles sur cette thématique (Vigie, revue, bibliographie, études, etc.)

Revue

Géopolitique

Climate Change: A Geopolitical Risk?

Though there is still no absolute scientific and political consensus on the reality of climate change, concerns about the climate long ago passed beyond the realm of specialist debate, as can be seen from the notoriety acquired by the two Nobel Peace Prize laureates of 2007, the former US vice-president Al Gore and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). For the futurist, it is time to take a step further and think not only about ways and means of limiting the consequences of human action on the climate, but also about the knock-on effects of climate change on human activities.
Beyond the economic consequences of climatic deterioration, another major question arises: namely, that of the direct and indirect impacts of climate change on the international context and on the future landscape of violence, conflicts, risks and threats. This is the theme that has been chosen - after "2030: the Demographic Big Bang" - for the second foresight co-production between Futuribles, Mano-a-Mano and the Arte TV channel, a programme which is due to air on Arte on 20 May 2008. For the programme we have interviewed Peter Schwartz on this topic. Schwartz, the founder of the Global Business Network, is a renowned futurist, who may be regarded as a pioneer in terms of the study of the threats posed by climate change to international peace and security.

Forum

Géopolitique

Towards a Strategic Vision for the French Defence Budget

In spring 2008, a White Paper is due to be published in France on defence and national security. One of the objectives set by the President of the Republic for this document is the thoroughgoing reform of the Ministry of Defence. In this article, Marie Badey-André and Anne-François de Saint Salvy, who have a thorough knowledge of French security issues and of the operation of the defence ministry, express their concern at the way the French defence establishment is currently organized and financed, and call for the urgent development of a strategic vision for the defence budget.
In the first instance, they stress the imperative need for a political vision for defence that takes account both of the new status of France (as a middle-ranking power in a globalized system) and the necessary recourse to multilateral structures (particularly those of the European Union) to maintain a strategic position internationally. They go on to call for a strategic management of the defence budget that has the courage to make choices on the future shape of the French defence establishment. Lastly, they propose various courses of action to achieve this, which consist essentially in removing the structural administrative encumbrances the Defence Ministry has to contend with (for example, by promoting joint thinking between the finance and defence ministries).
At the time of going to press in early April, the White Paper had not been published, though, even if it had, no decisions concerning budgets would have been taken. There is every chance, then, that this call for strategic thinking ahead of decisions on French defence spending will succeed in making itself heard.

Revue

Géopolitique - Ressources naturelles, énergie, environnement

Palestine: Overcoming Adverse Water Conditions

In this second article in a series on water-related violence, begun in the Futuribles issue of March 2008 , Pierre Blanc examines the Israel/Palestine case. He shows the extent to which, despite a substantial concentration of water in the West Bank, the Palestinian population finds itself in a precarious situation with regard to water. This relates mainly to Israel's stranglehold on a large part of the region's water resources and their management, together with its extensive use of irrigation in agriculture. The building of the West Bank Barrier between Palestinians and Israelis has simply accentuated this inequality in the use of regional water resources.
Despite this, Pierre Blanc informs us, it is not entirely implausible that this very unbalanced situation could be overcome. It is conceivable that some of the water controlled by the Israelis could be handed back to the Palestinians as part of the peace agreements, particularly if a reduction in the number of Israeli settlements could be assumed, but also if Israel were to take the (economically rational) decision to plant fewer "thirsty" crops or to sub-contract part of its agricultural production to the Palestinians (with a simultaneous increase in water supply). The jobs thereby created would contribute to raising the standard of living, which would in turn increase the consumption of higher-value-added Israeli products. But none of this can be achieved without the political will to do so.

Revue

Géopolitique

Climate Change: A Geostrategic Issue. A Critical Conspectus of Recent Foresight Exercises

As part of the dossier in this issue devoted to the potential geopolitical consequences of climate change on the occasion of the airing of the special co-production on this theme by Futuribles, Mano-a-Mano and Arte (scheduled for 20 May 1008 on the Arte TV channel), Geoffrey Delcroix has examined the foresight studies that have been carried out in this area. As he shows in this article, the question of the geostrategic impacts of climate change emerged only recently, initially in the United States, but it is rapidly gaining importance in the strategic thinking of an increasing number of developed countries, though unfortunately France seems to be an exception.
The author offers a detailed analysis of the most recent major reports on this theme, including the (pioneering) study carried out in 2003 for the Pentagon by the Global Business Network and the further study that followed in 2007, work done for the US navy, a number of other American documents and also studies produced by European think-tanks. As he stresses, the question of the geopolitical impact of climate change (climatic migrants, conflicts linked to the reduction of food or energy resources, changed conditions in theatres of operation...) now has a prominent place in the strategic analyses of the US, British and Swedish defence departments, among others. France, however, is lagging sadly behind in its thinking in this area and urgently needs to make up ground.

Revue

Géopolitique - Population

Migration and Climate Change

As part of the special dossier in this issue on the geopolitical consequences of climate change, we publish here an article on migration linked to climatic phenomena. Drawing on the leading international studies in the field, Étienne Piguet shows the extent to which climate change could give rise to population movements.
Reminding us that this is a theme that has received relatively little attention, he begins by defining the concept closely and underlining the importance of terminology in this field. For example, these migrations will be spoken of as "environmentally induced population movements" rather than as movements of "environmental refugees" - to avoid, among other things, falling foul of the legal regime on refugees as currently defined by the United Nations. He goes on to show what the migratory consequences of global warming might be, as exemplified in three major types of climatic event: storms and floods, droughts and water shortages and, lastly, rises in sea level. As he stresses, this latter phenomenon is probably the only one that would give rise to irreversible migrations (in the other cases, the migrants would generally end up returning to their regions of origin), but it is likely to affect at least 146 million people, if not indeed four times that figure, depending on the time horizon considered.
As Piguet reminds us in his concluding remarks, since it is for the moment mainly the industrialized countries that are responsible for the carbon dioxide emissions which are bringing about climate change, it will be difficult for them to wash their hands of responsibility for these potential climate refugees. It is important, then, to gauge the extent of the problem and develop the resources - particularly the preventive resources - to meet it (e.g. combatting global warming, investing in suitable infrastructure, such as protective sea-walls etc.).

CR table ronde

Économie, emploi - Géopolitique - Population

L’Inde à l’horizon 2025 : ses perspectives économiques

Jean-Joseph Boillot a tout d’abord justifié le choix d’une étude de l’Inde à l’horizon 2025, qui lui paraît être une base de travail raisonnable compte tenu du cycle d’un investissement commercial (compris entre 5 et 15 ans) et, plus subjectivement, parce que cette date ne semble pas trop éloignée.

Tribune européenne

Géopolitique - Institutions

The Changes Facing the European Commission

As an inevitable result of the accession of new member states and institutional reforms, today's European Commission is less and less like the one that was created in 1957. Having expanded from 9 commissioners at its first meeting in 1958 to 27 in 2007, its role has evolved, as this Column shows, and is set to evolve further since, from 2014 onwards, it will have a membership of only two-thirds of the number of member states, with a rotation system and a redistribution of portfolios among commissioners during their mandates. If we add to this the creation of the function of High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, who will also be a member of the Commission, there is a risk, says Jean-François Drevet, that we may find ourselves in an unstable system with a college of commissioners that is less independent of member-state governments, and hence potentially less active and undoubtedly less likely to drive European construction than the Commission in its original form.

Revue

Géopolitique - Institutions

A Look at the Treaty of Lisbon

After two and half years of institutional uncertainties following the rejection of the Draft European Constitution by the French and Dutch electorates in 2005, the 27 member states of the European Union agreed in October 2007 on a so-called "simplified" text: the Treaty of Lisbon or "The Treaty modifying the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty Establishing the European Community". Signed on 13 December last, this treaty is currently in process of ratification in the various member states (the French ratified it in parliament in February 2008).
What is the nature of this document? What are the main differences from the previous Draft Constitution? In what ways will it modify the operation of European institutions and with what consequences, particularly at the political level? Robert Toulemon, an astute observer of European construction, here offers us a detailed analysis of the Treaty of Lisbon, regretting, as he does so, that the prospects for genuine political union have receded somewhat.

Bibliography

Géopolitique - Territoires, réseaux

« Debating China’s Future »

China Security est une revue trimestrielle, interdisciplinaire, consacrée aux questions de sécurité qui concernent la Chine et ses relations avec les États-Unis et le reste du monde. Elle est publiée depuis 2005 par le World Security Institute [www.worldsecurityinstitute.org], un centre de recherche indépendant et à but non lucratif basé à Washington, spécialisé dans les « questions » « de sécurité internationale. La revue présente dans sa dernière livraison un dossier thématique intitulé « Debating China’s Future », qui regroupe les contributions de ...

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Note de veille

Géopolitique

Le pouvoir chinois à l’épreuve du ciel

" Le gouvernement chinois a déclaré sa victoire partielle dans sa lutte contre les pires neiges et glaces en 50 ans, mettant en valeur les puissantes forces générales nationales, tout en reconnaissant que le pays en était toujours à la phase primaire du socialisme avec un développement déséquilibré entre villes et campagnes, et des infrastructures de transports et d'énergie relativement faibles". À travers la paralysie des transports et les pénuries d'électricité, l'hiver exceptionnel qui a frappé la Chine ...

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Tribune européenne

Géopolitique

Black Sea Challenges

In this month's European column, Jean-François Drevet examines the issues that arise for Europe from the Black Sea region. The Black Sea is increasingly becoming a crucial place of transit for hydrocarbon imports from the Caspian and Russia into the European Union. The considerable increase in this traffic raises both environmental problems (the risk of oil slicks) and issues of security of supply, on account of the economic and political fragility of some of the bordering or neighbouring states (Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia/Chechnya etc.). This is why, as Jean-François Drevet stresses, the European Union has been trying since the mid-1990s to claim a role in the management of the affairs of the region. With two bordering states (Rumania and Bulgaria) joining the EU in 2007, cooperation in the Black Sea has become a priority within the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy, and this column delineates a number of the obstacles that still have to be surmounted.

Tribune européenne

Géopolitique - Ressources naturelles, énergie, environnement

The Common Agricultural Policy and its Reform

This month, the European column is devoted to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the oldest and most extensive of the European Union's common policies (dating from 1962 and accounting for 45% of the European budget). Apart from its initial objectives (increasing agricultural productivity, providing a fair standard of living for the agricultural population, stabilizing markets, guaranteeing security of supply and ensuring reasonable prices for consumers), the CAP today forms part of an approach involving respect for the environment and rural development. Nevertheless, as Jean-François Drevet reminds us here, the system that was set up in a climate of post-war shortages is not well-suited to present realities. Moreover, it is open to many criticisms regarding the size of its budget, the problems posed by enlargement and the inequality of the assistance provided, which favours large landowners. After reviewing the reforms begun in 1992 and 1999, Jean-François Drevet outlines the changes provided for in the Treaty of Lisbon and recommends taking advantage of the strong financial situation of the agricultural sector to carry through this reform.

Revue

Géopolitique

India, China and Japan: The Future of Asian Power

On 12 October 2007, a conference was held in Paris on the theme "India 2025: Possible Scenarios, and Issues for France and Europe". It was organized by the Institut des hautes études de défense nationale and the "Asia 21" group (Futuribles International). Among the ranges of questions considered were the geopolitical changes in India, which include the development of relations between that country and its two great Asian neighbours, China and Japan. Isabelle Saint-Mézard, who covered this issue in the "India 2025" conference, broadly restates here her analysis of the triangular relationship between India, China and Japan and of the prospective development of that relationship over the next 15-20 years.
After outlining the factors that make for increasing interdependence between these three countries (among them, openness to international trade, energy supply and security issues), she analyses the rapprochement between China and India that has been developing for some years and its potentially lasting character. She then studies relations between India and Japan, which are essentially economic and less developed than with China, but likely to strengthen, particularly at the political and geopolitical levels, most notably to counter their neighbour China, if that country were to assume too great an influence in Asia. As Isabelle Saint-Mézard stresses in conclusion, the relations between these three Asian giants will doubtless increase in complexity, including both competitive and cooperative aspects. Those relations will depend on each country's desire to maintain the regional status quo, the positioning of China being particularly significant in this regard.

Revue

Géopolitique

India, China and Japan: The Future of Asian Power

On 12 October 2007, a conference was held in Paris on the theme "India 2025: Possible Scenarios, and Issues for France and Europe". It was organized by the Institut des hautes études de défense nationale and the "Asia 21" group (Futuribles International). Among the ranges of questions considered were the geopolitical changes in India, which include the development of relations between that country and its two great Asian neighbours, China and Japan. Isabelle Saint-Mézard, who covered this issue in the "India 2025" conference, broadly restates here her analysis of the triangular relationship between India, China and Japan and of the prospective development of that relationship over the next 15-20 years.
After outlining the factors that make for increasing interdependence between these three countries (among them, openness to international trade, energy supply and security issues), she analyses the rapprochement between China and India that has been developing for some years and its potentially lasting character. She then studies relations between India and Japan, which are essentially economic and less developed than with China, but likely to strengthen, particularly at the political and geopolitical levels, most notably to counter their neighbour China, if that country were to assume too great an influence in Asia. As Isabelle Saint-Mézard stresses in conclusion, the relations between these three Asian giants will doubtless increase in complexity, including both competitive and cooperative aspects. Those relations will depend on each country's desire to maintain the regional status quo, the positioning of China being particularly significant in this regard.

Tribune européenne

Géopolitique - Institutions

Europe and Referenda

Jean-François Drevet devotes this month's European column to the use of referenda by member states for ratifying treaties or treaty changes decided by the European Union. As he shows, there are a number of stumbling blocks on the referendum route in Europe: the subjects to be voted on may be worded in too complex a fashion; the piecemeal construction of Europe involves frequent treaty changes; the unanimity rule poses problems; and the topics put to a referendum may be hi-jacked by national political issues. Since Ireland is the only country required by its constitution to submit such matters to a referendum, it is not clear that this is the most appropriate way, in the current context, to achieve the ratification of European treaties in the other member states.

Bibliography

Géopolitique

The Joint Operating Environment 2008. Challenges and Implications for the Future Joint Force

Ce rapport rédigé par le commandement des forces interarmées des États-Unis s?intéresse aux éléments constitutifs du futur environnement opérationnel de ces forces à l?horizon 2030. Son objectif est d?anticiper des situations opérationnelles à venir pour élaborer des concepts d?opérations. Les premiers utilisateurs de ce document doivent en effet être les services des différentes armées américaines qui définissent les concepts d?emploi opérationnel des armées. Ce document relativement concis s?ouvre sur une partie assez classique, et ...

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Géopolitique - Institutions

Perspectivas económicas de América Latina 2009

Le Centre de développement de l'OCDE vient de publier son rapport annuel sur les perspectives économiques en Amérique latine, qui porte cette année sur la politique fiscale, considérée comme un élément essentiel pour le développement économique, la réduction de la pauvreté et des inégalités, dans un contexte économique difficile. En effet, l'Amérique latine ne devrait pas échapper au ralentissement économique mondial : la croissance soutenue dont a bénéficié la région, favorisée par des facteurs externes (prix élevés des produits ...

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Bibliography

Géopolitique

The Future of North America 2025 : Outlook and Recommendations

Si les États-Unis, le Canada et le Mexique sont souvent regroupés sous la notion géographique, et parfois économique, d?« Amérique du Nord », leur coopération porte rarement sur la définition de problématiques et d?enjeux communs à moyen-long terme. C?est pourquoi cet ouvrage (le résultat de plusieurs années de travaux communs d?institutions et d?experts des trois pays concernés) propose véritablement d?envisager ce que pourrait être l?avenir commun de ces trois pays à l?horizon 2025, tout ...

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Chapitre Géopolitique

Ce chapitre est extrait du Rapport Vigie 2016 de Futuribles International, qui propose un panorama structuré des connaissances et des incertitudes des experts que l'association a mobilisés pour explorer les évolutions des 15 à 35 prochaines années sur 11 thématiques.