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Read, Watch, Listen: CCS Across the Web | November and December 2022

By Brigitte Hugh

Welcome to “Read, Watch, Listen” from the Center for Climate and Security (CCS), a monthly round-up highlighting some of the articles, interviews, and podcasts featuring the CCS network of experts.  

From the new National Security Strategy and the midterm elections in the United States, to the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27) in Egypt, climate security at the end of 2022 crossed continents and silos, and so did CCS expert commentary. 


  • Erin Sikorsky (Director) wrote that climate change plays a central role in the newly released U.S. National Security Strategy, demonstrating the emphasis the Biden Administration is placing on the issue. (Lawfare
  • After the November midterm elections in the U.S., John Conger (Senior Advisor) explored the opportunities for continued climate progress in the House of Representatives. (The Hill
  • In a book review of Neta Crawford’s The Pentagon, Climate Change and War, Sikorsky discussed military emissions and climate change. (Foreign Policy)
  • Journalist in residence Peter Schwartzstein wrote that environmental peacebuilding processes–especially those that include women, indigenous groups, and other marginalized communities–are one path for conflict resolution in a world of climate change. (National Geographic


  • Elsa Barron (Research Fellow) spoke about environmental peacebuilding on a panel focused on youth hopes for the future. (Geneva Peace Week)
  • Barron also traveled to Sharm el-Sheikh for COP27 where she spoke about imaginative futures built on environmental peacebuilding. (COP27 Youth Pavilion)


  • The U.S. Defense Department sent a delegation to COP27 for the first time. Conger said that doing so provides an important opportunity for engagement with allies and partners. (PoliticoPro)
  • Sikorsky noted that on the topic of climate change, Chinese leaders are less motivated by the need to collaborate with others, including the U.S., than they are by domestic concerns. (The Atlantic)  
  • The blog post written by Sikorsky and Brigitte Hugh (Research Fellow) on the security angles of the COP27 conference was cited in Just Security
  • Sherri Goodman (Senior Strategist) gave an interview on climate security. (Cipher Brief)
  • NATO held its first round table on climate and security, which was attended by Advisory Board member Tom Middendorp, representing the International Military Council on Climate and Security, a group administered by CCS. (NATO)
  • Sikorsky points out that the Biden Administration, and others, cannot continue to focus solely on the immediate crises when future impacts from climate change will require longer-term investments in communities. (E&E News)


  • Sikorsky spoke on the Warcast about geopolitics and COP27. 
  • Goodman spoke about the evolving relationship between climate change, Arctic security, and geopolitical competition. (Irregular Warfare Podcast)

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