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In an article published today by the IPI Global Observatory, Caitlin Werrell and Francesco Femia, Co-Founders of the Center for Climate and Security and CEOs of the Council on Strategic Risks, highlight the “Responsibility to Prepare” principle regarding climate change, which rests on the idea that unprecedented climate change risks coupled with society’s foresight about those risks, creates clear responsibility for preventive and preparatory actions that are commensurate to the risk. The article is part of a series that the IPI Global Observatory is publishing in advance of Climate Week in New York (watch this space for more). Click here for the full article.
It is with great sadness that the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) mourns the passing of Dr. Janne E. Nolan, Founding Board Member of CSR, and Member of the Center for Climate and Security Advisory Board.
Janne was a strong proponent of practical, non-partisan solutions for anticipating, analyzing and addressing systemic and existential risks to security. She played a major role in founding CSR in 2017, and contributed invaluable advice and expertise to the work of CSR’s Converging Risks Lab, Center on Strategic Weapons and Center for Climate and Security.
Janne was a pioneer and deeply-respected expert on nuclear security affairs, beginning with her seminal book “Guardians of the Arsenal: The Politics of Nuclear Strategy,” which influenced generations of scholars and policy-makers in the field. She also founded and chaired the Nuclear Security Working Group (NSWG) for many years – a formidable non-partisan network that inspired much of the work of the CSR. (more…)
Welcome back to The Climate and Security Podcast! In this special Episode 5 we get two for one!
In this episode, host Dr. Sweta Chakraborty talks to the CEOs of The Council on Strategic Risks and Co-Founders of the Center for Climate and Security: Francesco Femia and Caitlin Werrell. Sweta asks Caitlin and Frank what inspired them to launch their institute, and the answer is eye opening! They discuss a future where stresses on natural resources have the potential to influence geopolitics and increase the likelihood of mass atrocities against ethnic minorities and other vulnerable groups. They also discuss a “Responsibility to Prepare,” driven by a combination of unprecedented risks and unprecedented foresight – a core principle underpinning their work.
Caitlin E. Werrell
Co-Founder, The Center for Climate and Security
Research Director, The Council on Strategic Risks
Caitlin Werrell is Co-Founder of the Center for Climate and Security and the Council on Strategic Risks, Research Director of the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) as well as Director and Senior Advisor of the International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS). She oversees all of CSR’s research and analysis efforts, including at the Center for Climate and Security, the Janne E. Nolan Center on Strategic Weapons and the Converging Risks Lab. She has published extensively on the security implications of climate change, water stress and natural resource mismanagement in Syria and North Africa, including in the seminal report The Arab Spring and Climate Change, the SAIS Review of International Affairs, and the Brown Journal of World Affairs, as well as on the potential for new technologies like additive manufacturing for addressing climate risks. Caitlin is a regular commentator on climate and international security issues, is a lead author of the “Responsibility to Prepare” framework, and has appeared before the UN Security Council. She is frequently-cited and interviewed issues in both mainstream and niche media outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, CNN, the New Republic, the National Journal, the Atlantic, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and Defense News, among others.
Previously, Caitlin served as Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Strategic Risks, President of the Center for Climate and Security, and Co-Chair of the Climate and Security Advisory Group – the primary forum for climate and security dialogue in the U.S. national security community. Before that, she founded the MAP Institute for Water & Climate, and served as Senior Associate at AD Partners.
Caitlin holds a master’s degree from the University of Oxford, where she focused on transboundary water conflict and security, and a BA from Mount Holyoke College. She sits on the Advisory board of the Nuclear Security Working Group.
Email: cwerrell (at) climateandsecurity.org