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Climate and Security on Government Matters TV

conger_government matters_jan 10 2019On yesterday’s Government Matters: Defense, a news program that provides non-partisan information and analysis to federal managers and contractors in the defense space, the Center for Climate and Security’s Director, John Conger, and the New America Foundation’s Sharon Burke, discussed the impacts of climate change on military installations and energy security, respectively. Click here for the interview with John Conger, and here for the interview with Sharon Burke.

 

Event: A Changing Security Landscape – U.S. Military Response to the Next Emerging Challenge

800px-United_States_Capitol_Building-_west_front_editThis announcement is on behalf of the Partnership for Secure America. They will be hosting an event tomorrow in Washington, DC and it will also be available online. Details are below. Don’t miss it! (more…)

King and Gulledge: The Climate Change and Energy Security Nexus

Energy infrastructure_USDAgovIf you haven’t seen it already, Dr. Marcus King, Director of Research at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs (and an Advisory Board member here at the Center), and Dr. Jay Gulledge, Director of the Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, have recently released an excellent new study of  academic scholarship and grey literature on the “climate change and energy security nexus.” (more…)

National Security Advisor Donilon On Climate Change as a Security Threat

President_Obama_with_Tom_Donilon_on_Air_Force_OneTom Donilon, National Security Advisor to President Obama, spoke at length on the security implications of energy and climate change at the launch of Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy.  Donilon acknowledged that speaking at energy conferences was somewhat unusual for National Security Advisors, but given the very real intersection between energy, climate change and national security, the appearance was certainly appropriate. (more…)

Water, Energy and Climate Security in Central Asia

Syr_Darya_River_Floodplain,_Kazakhstan,_Central_AsiaThanks to AlertNet for publishing Center for Climate and Security Fellow Svetlana Valieva’s piece on Central Asia, which was posted here on March 28. The article highlights the water-energy-climate change nexus in Central Asia, which has important implications for both regional and global stability.

The Climate-Water-Energy Security Nexus in Central Asia

Sangtuda_1By Svetlana Valieva, Fellow, Center for Climate and Security

As the international community observed the UN World Water Day last Friday, March 22, two Central Asian countries were part of important talks at UN Headquarters in New York concerning water-sharing. Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have been engaged in a dispute over the building of a reservoir-type Rogun hydroelectric power plant in Tajikistan, which Uzbekistan has contended would disrupt flow to downstream countries, including itself. Uzbekistan, a country never absent from important meetings on water issues, proposed an alternative to the Rogun project involving the construction of smaller hydroelectric plants, which would bypass or avoid changes to the stream-flow regime. These talks bring attention to a broader nexus of water, climate and energy security in Central Asia that is worth watching closely by both regional leaders and the international community. (more…)

Department of Defense: Clean Energy Tied to National Security

Sharon Burke_Katherine Hammack_listen to a brief_Experimental Forward Operating Base 2011 at Marine CorpsThe Armed Forces Press Service highlighted last week comments by Sharon E. Burke, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs, regarding the national security imperative of clean energy. A quote from the article gives a good summary of the key points: (more…)