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BRIEFER: A Practical Strategy for Nuclear Risk Reduction and Disarmament

By Christine Parthemore and Rear Admiral John Gower, CB OBE In remarks at the White House the afternoon of April 15th, U.S. President Joe Biden spoke of a recent call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, voicing hope that the nations…

Survey of Security Experts Warns of Potentially Catastrophic Climate Threats in the Next 20 Years

By Kate GuyUrgent climate risks are impacting our world today in profound ways, as leaders from the United States and 40 other countries will discuss in the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate later this week. Climate change is no longer…

A Climate Security Plan for NATO: Collective Defense for the 21st Century

This is an excerpt from an article published in Environmental Affairs, a journal from Policy Exchange By Erin Sikorsky and Sherri Goodman Since its founding in 1949, the core organising principle of NATO has remained the same: collective defense. An…

Event: Climate Change, Intelligence, and Global Security

Fri., Apr. 23, 2021 | 12:00pm - 5:30pm Online Series: Intelligence Seminar Series Climate Change, Intelligence, and Global Security is a half-day conference co-sponsored by the Intelligence Project and the Environment and Natural Resources Program at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and…

6 Key Takeaways from the Biden Administration’s Budget Request & Interim National Security Strategic Guidance

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris pose with the full Cabinet for an official group photo in the Grand Foyer of the White House, April 1, 2021. By Yong-Bee Lim and Bill Beaver It is now clear that…

The Use of Climate as a Scapegoat for Governance Abuses and Failures – and Why That’s a Problem

Lake Assad and the Tabaqah Dam By Peter Schwartzstein Getting environmental officials to expound on their countries’ crises can be futile in much of the Middle East and North Africa (and well beyond). These officials might not want to talk…

On the Verge – Rebooting the National Strategy to Combat WMD

In this episode, Dr. Natasha Bajema, Director of the Converging Risks Lab, hosts Colonel (ret) Ron Fizer and the Honorable Andy Weber in a discussion about the need to reboot the 2002 strategy to combat Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).…

BRIEFER: Key U.S. Initiatives for Addressing Biological Threats Part 1

By Bill Beaver, Yong-Bee Lim, Christine Parthemore, and Andy Weber In 2006, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) launched a program to explore new approaches to combating bioterrorism and biological weapons programs.[1] The vision was a versatile process that can…

BRIEFER – Definitions Matter: The Role of WMD in Shaping U.S. National Security Strategy

By Natasha E. Bajema To develop its national security strategy, the U.S. government typically formulates a set of agreed definitions and concepts about the current threat environment to help delineate top priorities. Once established, these impose clarity on mission spaces,…