Francesco Femia

Francesco Femia
Co-Founder and Research Director, The Council on Strategic Risks
Co-Founder, The Center for Climate and Security

Francesco “Frank” Femia is Co-Founder and Research Director of the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) and the Center for Climate and Security, as well as Co-Founder, Director and Senior Advisor at the International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS). He 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.

He 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. He is also a regular commentator on how national security, defense and intelligence communities address climate change-related threats, appearing on a range of television programs and the feature film documentary, Age of Consequences. He is frequently-cited and interviewed in both mainstream and niche media outlets, including USA Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Economist, CNN, Fox News, Forbes, MSNBC, NBC News, the National Review, the New Republic, the BBC, the Atlantic, Defense News, Defense One, and Stars and Stripes, among others.

Previously, Francesco served as Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Strategic Risks from 2018-2020, President of the Center for Climate and Security from 2011-2018, 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, he was Program Director at the Connect U.S. Fund, where he led programs ranging from climate resilience to mass atrocity prevention and response.

Francesco holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he focused on European foreign policy, security and defense issues. He serves as a mentor and strategist for the Obama Foundation Scholars program, and on the Advisory Board of the Nuclear Security Working Group.

Email: ffemia (at)