Cleo Paskal

Current affiliation:
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Geopolitics, Manipal University, India; Associate Fellow, Chatham House, London, UK

Ms. Cléo Paskal's expertise lies in the bridging of global issues along geopolitical, geoeconomic and geophysical lines, particularly with regards to global environmental change and security.

Ms. Paskal specializes in geopolitics, particularly the geopolitical, security, and economic implications of environmental change (including climate change), as well as Arctic and Pacific security. She has worked extensively to build bridges between academia, government, the defence/intelligence communities, and civil society in order to better understand, explain, and resolve global challenges.

Trudeau project

Strategic changes in the Indo-Pacific, and what they mean for Canada

Project objectives

To better understand the strategic inflection points in the Indo-Pacific, and to inform the development of a potential “Look West” policy for Canada. This is accomplished by examining how the fundamentally dynamic and interconnected geopolitical, geoeconomic, and geophysical changes are affecting Indo-Pacific countries, including Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, and the United States. This interdisciplinary project will be carried out in collaboration with the Montreal Centre for International Studies at the Université de Montréal, and the Royal College of Defence Studies in the United Kingdom. Learn more.

Geostrategic analyst Cleo Paskal is an associate fellow at Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs, London, UK), as well as adjunct faculty in the Department of Geopolitics, Manipal University, India. She has taught at the US Army War College, the Royal College of Defence Studies (UK), the National Defence College (India), and the National Defence College (Oman). She has also briefed myriad governments, including in Canada, the US, the UK, the EU, India, and Scotland, as well as the heads of major corporations and security professionals from over 30 countries.

Paskal's Trudeau project, based at the Université de Montréal's CÉRIUM, looks at geopolitical, geoeconomic, and geophysical changes in the Indo-Pacific and what they could mean for developing an integrated Canadian 'Look West' policy.

Paskal's extensive academic publications include research papers for Chatham House, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, and the United Kingdom’s Commission on National Security in the 21st Century. She has authored chapters in textbooks by Elgar and Routledge and articles in International Affairs, Journal of International Security Affairs, International Affairs Forum and China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly, among other venues.

Cleo has also been a columnist for the National Post and Toronto Star, a radio producer for the BBC, and the author of an Emmy-winning documentary television series. She has contributed to a wide range of media outlets, including The World Today, Sunday Times, Sunday Guardian, and The Telegraph. Her book Global Warring: How Environmental, Economic, and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map (Macmillan, 2010) won multiple awards. Her most recent book is the bestselling Spielball Erde (Random House, 2012), co-authored with German TV anchorman Claus Kleber. Cleo is one of the trillion Huffington Post columnists.