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The Brookings Institution’s Darrell West, Vice President of Governance Studies and Director of the Center for Technology Innovation, has recently issued an interesting paper titled “A Vision for Homeland Security in the Year 2025.” Summarizing the takeaways from an event held in November of last year, the goal of which was to “help shape strategic thinking for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), its critical stakeholders, and the nation” the paper highlights some critical future challenges, including the security implications of climate change, and related impacts on water availability and other “natural catastrophes.” It’s worth a look.
We’re a little late on this, but it’s worth highlighting. Strobe Talbott, President of the Brookings Institution and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, has written a piece describing climate change as “the most urgent, most consequential, most dangerous issue of these times.” He includes significant policy action on climate change at the top of a list of three critical U.S. foreign policy imperatives that have suffered as a result of the political deadlock in Washington – the other two being geoeconomics (slow U.S. recovery means slow global recovery), and international security (with the U.S. inability to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty cited as a major failure). Worth a look.