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A Recipe for Disaster? Dual-Use Knowledge During COVID

By Yong-Bee Lim Nature Protocols published an article on January 29, 2021 that is making waves in the biorisk community. Titled “Engineering SARS-CoV-2 Using a Reverse Genetic System,” this article outlines a detailed protocol on how researchers can engineer variants…

Protecting Against Biological Threats: Recommendations for the Global Posture Review

By Bill Beaver, Yong-Bee Lim, Christine Parthemore and Andy Weber On February 4, 2021, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III released a statement on the initiation of a Global Posture Review (GPR) - a comprehensive review of the U.S.…

Agenda 2021: Prospects for Climate Security and Other Strategic Risks at the UN Security Council

By Evan Barnard, Center for Climate and Security intern, with contributions from Andrea Rezzonico and William Beaver The 2021 United Nations Security Council (UNSC) agenda promises to take on a range of issues central to the Council on Strategic Risks…

RELEASE: Landmark Report from Security Experts Identifies Ecological Disruption as the 21st Century’s Most Underappreciated Security Threat

Washington DC, February 9, 2021 – The Converging Risks Lab of the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) released a landmark report today, The Security Threat That Binds Us, that identifies ecological disruption as a major and underappreciated security threat and…

The Biden Administration and Climate Security: Week 3

Reuters/Rodi Said Last week’s big climate security action in the United States came in the form of another Executive Order from President Biden: this time on planning for the impact of climate change on migration. The order calls for: “...a…

VIDEO: Is Russia overturning the global order? Maybe. It’s complicated.

By Andrea Rezzonico  In the third video of its new series on the intersections of climate change and nuclear developments, the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) posed questions about Russia’s climate, nuclear, and security intersections to four experts with different…

RELEASE: International Military Council Issues Reports Urging Action to Drastically Reduce Emissions and Prepare for Escalating Climate Risks in Asia

Washington, D.C. Feb 3, 2021 — Today, the Expert Group of the International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS) released two new reports, one on South Asia and the other on Southeast Asia, warning that climate change is threatening…

BRIEFER: Russia Signed on to Extend New START. What’s Next for Nuclear Arms Control?

By Natasha Bajema and Christine Parthemore  As one of his early actions as President, Joe Biden pushed for a five-year extension of the U.S.-Russia New START Treaty. On Friday, Russian President Putin signed a law committing his nation to this…

BRIEFER: Beyond Weapons of Mass Destruction: Time for a New Paradigm?

By Natasha E. Bajema The term weapons of mass destruction (WMD) represents more than just the chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) weapons that it commonly indicates. It also represents a threat paradigm. There is a longstanding, bipartisan agreement about…