Increased High Tide Flooding Threatens Coastal Security in the US

By Dr. Marc Kodack The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently published its latest outlook for high tide flooding in the United States, which covers the period May 2020-to-April 2021. According to the report, the increases in coastal flooding described in…

Complex Emergencies and Alliance Strength

Progress of storms and hurricanes (green) and wildfires (orange), 9/16/2020 By Christine Parthemore Late summer 2020 is serving as yet another reminder that the 21st century will be profoundly shaped by complex and compounding emergencies. In the United States alone,…

Interview with CSR Board Member Robert Palay: COVID-19 Has Shown the World How Serious Biothreats Are

This interview is part of a series in which Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) & Center for Climate and Security (CCS)  interns interview members of the CSR and CCS Advisory Boards, along with other key voices in the security field.…

The Himalayan Hotspot: Diplomacy Needed to Address Environmental and Climate Security Risks

By Maya Saidel Heightened militarization in the Himalayan region has impeded diplomatic and multilateral efforts to tackle critical climate issues endangering one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. In early June, at least 20 soldiers perished in a historic clash between…

Climate Change, Wildfires in the US, and How It All Affects Security

Satellite view of smoke plumes produced by 2020 California wildfires, September 9, taken from the GOES-17 weather satellite By Dr. Marc Kodack Wildfires are burning across multiple states in the U.S. For Washington, Oregon, and California, these fires are having devastating consequences for tens…

We’re Hiring: Deputy Director, the Center for Climate and Security

The Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) seeks to hire a Deputy Director for its Center for Climate and Security (CCS). This is an exciting growth opportunity for the right candidate. CSR seeks candidates with the vision and potential needed to…

The Future of Research on Climate Change and Armed Conflict

By Dr. Marc Kodack As military planners look out to future operating environments that they may face, they need to continue to anticipate the changing social, environmental, political, and economic conditions that populations may experience when these populations are increasingly affected by…

Early Warning in Preventing Future Pandemics: Incredible Opportunity & Major Hurdles

Data will be one of the central components of preventing future outbreaks from growing to pandemic proportions. This holds for natural disease outbreaks and for deliberate biological attacks. Our tools and methods for collecting, analyzing, and using data are incredible…

Senate Democrats Release Climate Report – Highlight National Security Risks

By John Conger On August 25, 2020 the Senate Democrats Special Committee on the Climate Crisis published The Case for Climate Action: Building a Clean Economy for the American People.  Like the report put out by the House Select Committee…

Building a Resilient Tomorrow: Interview with Author Alice Hill

Flooding in downtown Memphis, TN; part of the 2011 Mississippi River floods (by Thegreenj) By Maya Saidel This interview is part of a series in which Council on Strategic Risks (CSR)  & Center for Climate and Security (CCS) interns interview…