Olivia Lazard

Visiting Scholar
Carnegie Europe
Olivia Lazard is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe. Her research focuses on the geopolitics of climate, the transition ushered by climate change, and the risks of conflict and fragility associated to climate change and environmental collapse.
 

Education

BA International Development and Middle East Studies, McGill University
MA Sécurité International, Sciences Po Paris
MSc International Political Economy, London School of Economics

Languages

English; French; Italian; Spanish

 

Olivia Lazard is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe. Her research focuses on the geopolitics of climate, the transition ushered by climate change, and the risks of conflict and fragility associated to climate change and environmental collapse. 

Olivia is an environmental peacemaking and mediation practitioner as well as a researcher. She has over twelve years of experience in the peacemaking sector at field and policy levels. With an original specialization in the political economy of conflicts, she has worked for various NGOs, the UN, the EU, and donor states in the Middle East, Latin America, Sub-Saharan and North Africa, and parts of Asia. In her fieldwork, her focus was to understand how globalization and the international political economy shaped patterns of violence and vulnerability patterns as well as formed new types of conflict systems that our international governance architecture has difficulty tackling with agility. It is also through fieldwork that she came to observe the ways in which the plundering of ecosystems feeds conflict systems across the world and contributes to climate disruptions. 

Her research at the field level and on thematic issues has led to support the European External Action Service in integrating environmental peacemaking as part of their mediation toolkit. Prior to joining Carnegie Europe, Olivia set up her own consultancy firm, Peace in Design Consulting, which remains exclusively active in conflict and fragile zones. 

  • European Agroforestry Association December 19, 2021
    What Happens When Climate Action Fails?

    The EU has a major role to play in accelerating climate action both at home and abroad. If it fails, the bloc will succumb to supply chain breakdowns and migratory pressures. To avoid this, the EU must advance climate justice and restore trust between developed and developing countries.

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  • Op-Ed December 15, 2021
    Europe’s Biggest Test As A Peace Project Yet

    Finally, the EU remains the most sophisticated peace project in human history. But if it fails to adopt an institutional and strategic planning capacity that is able to reconcile short-term and long-term objectives, as well as to understand the hidden costs and potential shocks of the biggest energy and economic transition in human history, it will succumb to its own incoherence.

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  • How Europe Can Build Upon COP26
    Strategic Europe November 16, 2021
    How Europe Can Build Upon COP26

    If climate action fails, the EU will succumb to economic breakdown of supply chains and migratory pressures. To avoid this, the bloc must advance climate justice and restore trust between developed and developing economies.

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  • The EU and Climate Security: Toward Ecological Diplomacy
    July 12, 2021
    The EU and Climate Security: Toward Ecological Diplomacy

    To fulfill its ambition of becoming an effective geopolitical power, the EU should place ecological security and diplomacy at the heart of its foreign and security policy. This approach should entail practical and innovative strategies that pursue systemic regeneration at home and abroad.

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  • The EU’s Deforestation Package: a Test For Taking the Green Deal Global
    Strategic Europe June 1, 2021
    The EU’s Deforestation Package: A Test for Taking the Green Deal Global

    The EU is preparing a new deforestation package with international dimensions. After failing to meet its target of halting deforestation by 2020, this time the union must be aggressively ambitious. That means changing business-as-usual strategic and geo-economic behavior.

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  • The EU’s Much-Flaunted Climate Leadership is Full of Loopholes
    Strategic Europe May 11, 2021
    The EU’s Much-Flaunted Climate Leadership is Full of Loopholes

    The EU prides itself on being a bold climate leader with the aim of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. But the union is banking on incremental change. The world simply cannot afford such timid action, or indeed hypocrisy.

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  • Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy April 30, 2021
    Sustainable Peace and Security in a Changing Climate: Recommendations for NATO 2030

    As the security implications of global climate change are becoming clearer, NATO has invited climate change and security specialists from governments, think tanks, and academia to offer inputs and analyses.

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  • Carnegie.ru Commentary February 9, 2021 Русский
    Moscow’s Climate Change Dilemma

    It is not the Biden administration that Russia should be concerned about when it comes to climate, but its own inaction, which Moscow risks paying for in both economic and security terms over the coming decade.

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  • Russia Matters January 28, 2021
    How Will Climate Change Impact U.S.-Russian Relations?

    Russia and the United States will increasingly face disruptions such as droughts, fires, floods, and hurricanes. Climate change will either become just another topic of discord or an area of proactive cooperation.

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  • Op-Ed Middle East Eye January 1, 2021
    The Power of Soil: How Our Precarious Climate Shaped the Arab Spring

    Humanity’s response to the climate crisis is reproducing the same logic that created it. The history of the Middle East and the Arab Spring foretell our global future: ignore ecological integrity at your peril.

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  • Good COP, Bad COP: Key Takeaways From Glasgow
    November 23, 2021 Live Online
    Good COP, Bad COP: Key Takeaways From Glasgow

    At the COP26 summit in Glasgow, world leaders agreed to intensify efforts to fight climate change, signed pledges to protect forests and reduce methane emissions, and negotiated new approaches to climate adaptation and justice. This event will reflect on changes European leaders should initiate to ensure a fair and effective climate transition.

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