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In this episode, host Dr. Sweta Chakraborty talks to General Tom Middendorp, Chair of the International Military Council on Climate and Security and former Chief of Defence of the Netherlands. Tom talks about being a commander in southern Afghanistan and how even after driving out the Taliban, conflict persisted because the real issue was disputes over the division of water. Tom describes firsthand experiences from across twenty missions on how climate change and human impacts can amplify war and negate best efforts at peacekeeping. He discusses the importance of cooperation across aid workers, diplomats, policymakers, military coalitions and other stakeholders to pursue stability at a global scale. Tom emphasizes the role defense communities can play in terms of offering opportunities to visionaries to develop ideas such as an innovation that extracts water out of dry, desert air. Hear from this unique Dutch perspective on overcoming the challenges at the nexus of climate and security!

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