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…

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…

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…

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…

The National Academies Calls on USGCRP to Adopt Integrated Climate Change Risk Framing

Toned image of Washington DC under menacing clouds By Dr. Marc Kodack In February, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) released independent guidance on high level priorities for the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) as the…

The Leaders Summit on Climate is a Historic Moment in Global Security

U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry meets with President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, March 9, 2021 By Kate Guy Starting today, the Biden Administration is bringing together global leaders and Heads of State to catalyze ambition in…