Arizona State University’s Global Security Initiative (GSI) and the Security and Sustainability Forum (SSF) are launching a series of webinars titled the “Global Climate Security Series.” The Center for Climate and Security is partnering with GSI and SSF to develop and promote the webinars, and encourages anyone who is interested to attend. It’s going to kick off with a great roster of panelists (see below), in the first webinar titled “Peace, Conflict and the Scale of the Climate Risk Landscape,” which will be held on August 25 from 1:15pm to 2:45pm EDT. To register for it, click here.
See below for a full description of the first webinar, or visit GSI’s Global Climate Security Series webpage.
August 25, 2015
1:15 pm to 2:45 pm EDT – Register here
The opening webinar to the series will examine the security implications of climate risk to provide a context for the subsequent place-based and sector-based webinars. This session will address climate risk and security on all fronts, including from the risk assessment perspective (impacts on governance, economic vitality, national, regional and international security) as well as from a solutions perspective (risk management, policy, and technical).
Participants will hear from experts from the national intelligence and climate impact communities who will address the scale of the risks. The opening webinar will be the set up for the rest of the webinars, which address how to respond in four areas (national & subnational, industry, defense and global policy) based on risk assessment and responses commensurate with the risk. The intent is to examine steps to bridge the risk – policy analysis gap.
Meet the Panelists:
Moderator: Dr. Nadya T. Bliss is the Director of GSI at Arizona State University and was the founding Group Leader of MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory’s Computing and Analytics Group. GSI serves as ASU’s university-wide hub focusing on addressing emerging global challenges characterized by complex interdependencies often presenting conflicting objectives, such as cyber security and digital identity, mitigation and adaptation to climate change impacts, and human security, all of which require multi-disciplinary research and cross-mission collaboration among the defense, development and diplomacy communities.
Dr. Mathew J. Burrows serves as the Director of the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative. He was appointed Counselor to the National Intelligence Council (NIC) in 2007 and Director of the Analysis and Production Staff (APS) in 2010. He was the principal drafter for the NIC publication “Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds”. In 2005, he set up and directed the NIC’s Long Range Analysis Unit, which is now known as the Strategic Futures Group.
Dr. Joshua Busby is an Associate Professor of Public Affairs at UT Austin, a fellow in the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service and principal investigator on a new Minerva Initiative-funded research project on Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia (CEPSA). Josh is also the Crook Distinguished Scholar at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law where he serves as a lead researcher in the Strauss Center project on Climate Change and African Political Stability and the author of several studies on climate change, national security, and energy policy for the Council on Foreign Relations, the Brookings Institution, the German Marshall Fund, and the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). He has also written on U.S.-China relations on climate change for CNAS and Resources for the Future.
Dr. Marc Levy is Deputy Director of the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), a unit of Columbia University’s Earth Institute. He teaches environmental security courses in Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, directs a new educational initiative on Environment, Peace and Security and is a founding member of the Environmental Peacebuilding Academy. He is a political scientist specializing in the human dimensions of global change, known for his work on environmental security, global environmental governance, and sustainable development metrics. His research has been supported by a number of agencies, including the National Science Foundation, U.S. Agency for International Development, and NASA. He has provided expert testimony to the US Congress, was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee “Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on Social and Political Stresses,” and was a Lead Author on the IPCC AR5 chapter on Human Security. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Data Driven Development.