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EVENT: Climate Security at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

This is a cross-post from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Join us for a conversation about the connections between climate change and security.

About this Event

Climate change is impacting and exacerbating risks to security at home and abroad. Lisa Friedman (The New York Times) will moderate a conversation with Erin Sikorsky (The Center for Climate and Security) and Swathi Veeravalli (U.S. Africa Command) about how different parts of the security community are thinking about climate risks, what implications these risks hold for policy and planning, and where there are capacity gaps or aspects of climate security that need more research.

The conversation will be webcast on this webpage on Thursday, July 15, 2021 from 3-4 pm ET. Closed captioning will be provided.

Climate Conversations: Pathways to Action is a monthly webinar series from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that aims to convene high-level, cross-cutting, nonpartisan conversations about issues relevant to national policy action on climate change.

Participant Bios

Erin Sikorsky is the Deputy Director of the Center for Climate and Security, and the Director of the International Military Council on Climate and Security. Previously, she served as the Deputy Director of the Strategic Futures Group on the National Intelligence Council in the U.S., where she co-authored the quadrennial Global Trends report and led the U.S. intelligence community’s environmental and climate security analysis. She is also the founding chair of the Climate Security Advisory Council, a Congressionally mandated group designed to facilitate coordination between the intelligence community and U.S. government scientific agencies.

Swathi Veeravalli is a Foreign Affairs Specialist at United States Africa Command. Her background is in interdisciplinary research science with expertise in developing capabilities to assess how compound climate-fragility risks threaten both U.S. and global security.

Lisa Friedman is a reporter on the New York Times climate desk, focusing on climate and environmental policy in Washington D.C. She has covered nine international climate talks and chased climate-related stories from the bottom of a Chinese coal mine to the top of snow-capped Himalaya Mountains.

Contact

Alex Reich

areich@nas.edu

RESPONSIBLE STAFF OFFICERS

  • Alex Reich  
  • Amanda Purcell  

ADDITIONAL PROJECT STAFF

  • Holly Rhodes  
  • Rob Greenway  

EVENT: Jackson Hole Global Forum 2021: Climate Change and National Security

June 24, 2021

9 AM – 5 PM MT/11 AM – 7 PM ET

Register here.

UPDATE (7/3/2021): See a video recording of the event, dedicated to the late Lieutenant General Arlen “Dirk” Jameson, USAF (Ret), here:

The Center for Climate and Security is pleased to partner with the Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs and Prime Movers Lab on the Jackson Hole Global Forum 2021: Climate Change and National Security. This virtual conference will bring together U.S. and global military leaders, security professionals, business executives, entrepreneurs, investors, policy leaders and citizens to advance understanding and action that responds to the security implications of a changing climate.
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will kick off a day of panel discussions on a range of security, resilience, and energy topics, many of which feature experts from the Center for Climate and Security. A more detailed agenda can be found here.

A Growing Crisis: The Launch of the World Climate and Security Report 2021

7 June 2021 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM EST / 4:00 – 5:30 PM CET

RSVP here: http://bit.ly/WCSR2021

Join the Expert Group of the International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS) for the launch of the 2021 edition of the World Climate and Security Report. Featuring remarks by:

  • David van Weel, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges
  • Lt. Gen. Richard Nugee, Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy Lead for the UK Ministry of Defence
  • Sherri Goodman, Secretary General, IMCCS
  • Gen. Tom Middendorp (Ret.), Chair, IMCCS

UPDATE (8 June 2021). See a recording of the launch event below.

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EVENT: Building Climate Resilience at Home – Preparing for and Preventing the Security Impacts of Climate Change

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The fourth panel in our series, “Planning for the First 100 Days and Beyond”

May 12, 2021 1 PM -3 PM ET

Update (May 20, 2021): See a video of the event below.

Click here to register.

This virtual event hosted by the Center for Climate and Security (CCS), an institute of the Council on Strategic Risks, is the third in our series looking at actions the Biden Administration can take on climate security in its first 100 days and beyond. Building Climate Resilience at Home focuses on the fourth and final pillar of the Climate Security Plan for America (published by CCS and endorsed by dozens of military, foreign policy and intelligence experts, including eight retired four-star generals and admirals), which urges investments in resilient infrastructure, resilient forces, and prevention initiatives. The panel will react to the new Biden Administration budget request and the specific programs they should embrace to prepare for, and to prevent, climate impacts.

Panelists will include:

  • John Conger, Director, Center for Climate and Security and former Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)
  • Alice Hill, Senior Fellow for Climate Change Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations; Governing Board, Council on Strategic Risks
  • RADM (USN, Ret) Ann Phillips, Special Assistant to the Governor of Virginia for Coastal Adaptation and Protection; Advisory Board, The Center for Climate and Security
  • Joan Vandervort, former DoD Deputy Director for Ranges, Sea and Airspace; Advisory Board, The Center for Climate and Security

Click here to RSVP. If you have any questions or need more information, email: events@climateandsecurity.org

For videos of our first three events in this series, see below:

Climate Change: A Core National Security Priority (Dec 15, 2020)

Unprecedented Foresight: Improving Climate Security Risk Assessments (Jan 28, 2021)

Building Climate Resilience Abroad: Helping Partners and Allies with Climate Security Risks (Mar 29, 2021)

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