New Report: Melting Mountains, Mounting Tensions: Climate Change and the India-China Rivalry

By Rachel Fleishman and Sarang Shidore In many parts of the world, climate change is a trigger for disaster. In some, it can also be a catalyst for conflict. On the India-China border, it has the potential to be both—exacerbating…

A Climate Security Plan for America Part 4: Prepare for and Prevent Climate Impacts

By John Conger See Part 1, “Demonstrate Leadership,” here, Part 2, “Assess Climate Risks,” here, and Part 3, “Support Allies and Partners,” here. As the Biden Administration rolls out its first budget request, we revisit the fourth and final pillar…

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

The fourth panel in our series, “Planning for the First 100 Days and Beyond” May 12, 2021 1 PM -3 PM ET Click here to register. This virtual event hosted by the Center for Climate and Security (CCS), an institute…

Security Highlights from the Leaders Summit on Climate

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. kicks off the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate in Washington, D.C., on April 22, 2021.  By Erin Sikorsky Last week’s Leaders Summit on Climate made history for many reasons -- because of the number…

BRIEFER: Weapons of Mass Agility: A New Threat Framework for Mass Effects in the 21st Century

By Natasha E. Bajema The threat posed by weapons of mass destruction (WMD) continues to serve as a key concept for shaping U.S. national security strategy. For many decades, policymakers and experts alike have assumed that malicious actors will seek…

Drought is Leading to Instability and Water Weaponization in the Middle East and North Africa

An Iraqi woman walks between Soldiers of A Company, 2-162 Infantry, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon Army National Guard as they pull security for a mission outside Scania Base. The mission was to check on the condition of a…

The Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria and the Need for Unity Against Them

The Deputy Director-General of the OPCW, Mr Hamid Ali Rao, the Director-General of the OPCW, H.E. Mr Ahmet Üzümcü, and the CSP Chairperson, H.E. Ambassador Abdelouahab Bellouki of Morocco, at the Fourth Special Session of the Conference of States Parties…

U.S. Department of Defense in Focus: Budget Priorities and Questions for New Nominees

By Bill Beaver, Christine Parthemore &  Erin Sikorsky On April 9, the Biden administration announced its topline budget priorities for the U.S. government, including for the Department of Defense (DoD). DoD funding will increase by 1.6%, which ends up being…

11 Questions the U.S. Senate Should Ask the Nominee for Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense

U.S. Marine Corps chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) defense specialists with Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron suit up in level B hazardous material suits during a training exercise at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, Calif., April 30, 2013.…

New US Intelligence Community Reports Focus on Climate and Ecological Security Risks

Vice President Kamala Harris swears in Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence Thursday, Jan, 21, 2021 (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) In two new publicly-available, unclassified reports, the US Director of National Intelligence makes clear the critical…