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Event: Security & Climate: Issues and Perspectives for the Pacific Coast

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California Army National Guard conducts helicopter bucket training at Irvine Lake,  to prepare for wildfire season

The Center for Climate and Security, with support from The San Diego Foundation and the Skoll Global Threats Fund, is hosting a high-level event ‘Security & Climate Change: Issues and Perspectives for the Pacific Coast’ in San Diego, California on Tuesday, February 21. Confirmed speakers include: San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer (R), Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA), Rear Admiral Yancy B. Lindsey, Commander, Navy Region Southwest, General Ron Keys, U.S. Air Force (ret), Ambassador Reno Harnish, Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The full agenda is below.

The US is a Pacific nation. The Asia-Pacific is one of the most disaster prone and climate vulnerable regions of world with a rapidly-growing population. It’s the most militarized part of the globe, and home to both rising powers and failed states – including states with nuclear capabilities. And it’s also home to some of the U.S.’s closest allies. The US military hosts numerous coastal installations across the region (including on the West Coast of the U.S.), and the U.S. is slowly but surely “rebalancing” towards this critical region. Considering this reality, addressing climate change risks in the Asia-Pacific should be a key element of U.S. national security and foreign policy, not least as that response presents significant opportunities for the United States, both at home and abroad. We are at a critical moment in time when we must decide whether or not we will lead in addressing the most pressing challenges of the 21st century. This conference aims to start answering that question. (more…)

Event: Climate and National Security Forum 2016

CNSF 2016 LOGO - MASSIVEThe Center for Climate and Security, in partnership with the Center for the National Interest and the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, hosted the first annual Climate and National Security Forum on September 14, 2016 from 8:45am-6:30pm ET. The Forum was held in Washington, DC at the Reserve Officers Association Minuteman Memorial Building, 1 Constitution Ave NE.


Webinar: Climate and Security with General Keys, Commander Slayton and Colonel Mykleby

Military_USAIDThe Center for Climate and Security’s General Ronald “Ron” Keys, USAF (ret), Commander David “Deke” Slayon, USN (ret) and Colonel Mark “Puck” Mykleby, USMC (ret), will all be speaking on a webinar titled “National Security and Climate Change” next Thursday, June 2 at 11am EDT. The webinar is being hosted by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE). To register, click here. Below is the announcement from SACE. (more…)

Podcast: Exponential Interdependencies – Climate Change, Security & DMHA

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Many things have changed since the initial gap analysis initiated at founding of the Center for Climate and Security in 2011. The concept of accelerating climate change has become more accepted as a threat multiplier in the defense and security space. Mega droughts, food shocks, and horrific complex emergencies have affected the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. And a re-balancing in the Asia Pacific region has brought to light a nexus of emerging economic, population, security, and Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (DHMA) issues.


Climate Change and Security at Yale University

unnamed (3)“Are conventional notions of national security broad enough to accommodate the evolving global risks and trends?”

“Will Americans support more frequent military interventions across conflict ridden and resource-stressed regions?” 

These were just a few of the questions fielded by former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense, Ms.Sherri Goodman and retired Commander, and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Climate and Security, Oliver Barrett, at a Yale University-hosted event on 28 March. The event entitled ‘Decoding Climate Risk’ was the latest expert and distinguished speaker event hosted by Yale and focused on “decoding” the reasons why the Pentagon treats climate change as a strategic risk requiring immediate action. (more…)

Webinar: Global Governance in the Face of Non-Traditional Risks


GULF OF ADEN NATO Task Force 508 supporting Operation Ocean Shield, (photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Raegen/Released)

Be sure to register for the last webinar in the Global Climate Security series co-hosted by the Global Security Initiative at Arizona State University. The webinar, titled “Global Governance in the Face of Non-Traditional Risks,” will be held on February 18th from 12:30-2pm EST, and features a group of expert speakers, including the Center for Climate and Security’s Shiloh Feztek, Global Int’s Chad Briggs, E3G’s Taylor Dimsdale, adelphi’s Benjamin Pohl, and Arizona State Universiy’s Nadya Bliss as moderator. This webinar will explore how global governance will be affected by climate change, and how institutions of global governance can address climate risks in a way that will strengthen resilience, and enhance cooperation in the international system. Join this webinar to hear more about this issue area. Register here. (more…)

Climate Change, World & Regional Order: OSCE Security Days & Planetary Security Initiative

Caitlin Werrell and Francesco Femia, Co-Directors of the Center for Climate and Security, on a panel on Syria at the Planetary Security Conference, the Hague, 2-3 November, 2015

Caitlin Werrell and Francesco Femia, Co-Directors of the Center for Climate and Security, on the panel “Analysis of Syria: Lessons Learned” at the Planetary Security Conference, the Hague, 2 November, 2015

All eyes are on the international climate negotiations at the 21st Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris. However, the risks associated with a changing climate are so far-reaching, that it will take a broad range of international, regional, national and sub-national institutions to address them. These institutions will have to conceive of and implement actions that go well beyond what is agreed in Paris this month.

In this context, two conferences – one hosted by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and one by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs – were held in late October/ early November, respectively. Among other objectives, a question both of these conferences sought to answer was: “Since climate change poses significant risks to international security, what can be done to make our governance systems more resilient?” (more…)