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Christine Parthemore Chosen as New CEO of the Council on Strategic Risks

The Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) is pleased to announce Christine Parthemore as its new Chief Executive Officer. Christine has deep experience addressing issues ranging from the security implications of climate change to countering weapons of mass destruction, including in the…

Hypersonic missiles: Three questions every reader should ask

This article is a cross-post from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists By Ivan Oelrich, December 17, 2019 Interest in hypersonic weapons is taking off. The United States has for decades supported a modest research effort in such weapons, but now, spurred along by…

Report: Strengthening Global Governance Against Weapons of Mass Destruction

By Christine Parthemore Next week the United Nations Secretary General will convene the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction in New York City.  Despite its many strengths,…

Report: The Responsibility to Prepare and Prevent – A New Climate Security Governance Framework

A quick read of daily headlines makes it increasingly clear that current governance structures are not fully prepared for the security risks of a changing climate.  In response to these mounting risks, the Center for Climate and Security, an institute…

Cruise Control: The Logical Next Step in Nuclear Arms Control?

By Christine Parthemore and Andy WeberIn January 2019, our colleague Rear Admiral John Gower, CB OBE outlined a logical vision for balancing future progress in nuclear arms control and reductions with the need for maintaining nuclear strategic stability over time.…

The Human and Climatic Effects of an India-Pakistan Nuclear Conflict

By Christine Parthemore On October 2, a team of researchers published the results of extensive work to model the effects of nuclear war between Pakistan and India. The scenario, posited for the year 2025, features a high-casualty terrorist attack on…

NPR on Climate and Security Scenarios

In yesterday's episode of NPR's On Point, Meghna Chakrabarti interviewed journalist Emily Atkin and Francesco Femia, the Council on Strategic Risks' CEO and Co-Founder of the Center for Climate and Security, to discuss the implications of climate change for global…

Planning for a Changing Arctic: A Scenario-Based Discussion Paper

In partnership with the Sandia National Laboratories and the Polar Institute at the Wilson Center, the Council on Strategic Risks, led by Sherri Goodman, Peter Davies, Jim Townsend and Marisol Maddox, developed and executed a Tabletop Exercise Demonstration at the…