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Caitlin Werrell

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Co-Founder and Senior Advisor, The Center for Climate and Security and The Council on Strategic Risks

Caitlin Werrell is Co-Founder and Senior Advisor at the Center for Climate and Security and the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR). 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 has been frequently-cited and interviewed 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 Research Director of the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR), Chief Executive Officer of CSR, Co-Founder and Senior Advisor of the International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS), 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)