Caitlin Werrell

Caitlin E. Werrell
Co-Founder and Research Director, The Council on Strategic Risks/ The Center for Climate and Securit

Caitlin Werrell is Co-Founder and Research Director of the Council on Strategic Risks and the Center for Climate and Security, as well as Director and Senior Advisor of the International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS). She oversees all of CSR’s research and analysis efforts, including at the Center for Climate and Security, the Janne E. Nolan Center on Strategic Weapons and the Converging Risks Lab. She has published 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, the SAIS Review of International Affairs, and the Brown Journal of World Affairs, as well as on the potential for new technologies like additive manufacturing for addressing climate risks. Caitlin is a regular commentator on climate and international security issues, is a lead author of the “Responsibility to Prepare” framework, and has appeared before the UN Security Council. She is frequently-cited and interviewed issues in both mainstream and niche media outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post,  USA Today, CNN, the New Republic, the National Journal, the Atlantic, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and Defense News, among others.

Previously, Caitlin served as Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Strategic Risks, President of the Center for Climate and Security, and Co-Chair of the Climate and Security Advisory Group – the primary forum for climate and security dialogue in the U.S. national security community. Before that, she founded the MAP Institute for Water & Climate, and served as Senior Associate at AD Partners.

Caitlin holds a master’s degree from the University of Oxford, where she focused on transboundary water conflict and security, and a BA from Mount Holyoke College. She sits on the Advisory board of the Nuclear Security Working Group.

Email: cwerrell (at)