Co-Founder & President
Francesco Femia is Co-Founder & President of the Center for Climate and Security, and Co-Chair of the Climate and Security Advisory Group (CSAG). He leads the Center’s policy development, analysis and research programs, and facilitates the primary forum for climate and security dialogue in the U.S. national security community. He has written, published and spoken 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,” and in the SAIS Review of International Affairs, among others. He is also a regular commentator on how militaries and intelligence communities address climate change risks. He previously served as Program Director at the Connect U.S. Fund, where he directed programs ranging from international climate policy, to mass atrocity prevention and response. At the Fund, he founded and facilitated the U.S. Climate Leadership Group, a multi-stakeholder effort involving policy institutes and donors in the national security and development sectors. He has over a decade of experience conducting research and policy development on the intersection of climate change, national and international security. Francesco has written for the SAIS Review of International Affairs, the Brown Journal of World Affairs, Angle Journal, Defense News, the Reuters Foundation, the National Journal, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Climate Progress and e-International Relations, and is frequently-cited on climate and security issues, including in the G7-commissioned “A New Climate for Peace” report, the UK Foreign Commonwealth Office’s “Climate Change: A Risk Assessment,” Fox News, Forbes, Stars and Stripes, the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, CNN, MSNBC, NBC News, the National Review, Foreign Policy, the Christian Science Monitor, the BBC, the New Republic, Slate, the Toronto Star, the Atlantic, Weather, Climate and Society and the Daily Caller, among others. He holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he explored EU security and defense policy, including a field study on Cyprus’s stalemated conflict. Francesco also serves on the advisory board of the Nuclear Security Working Group and the Planetary Security Initiative.
Email: ffemia (at) climateandsecurity.org