New Study: Increased Risk of Armed Conflict Onset After Climate Related Disasters

By Dr. Marc Kodack Over the past decade, understanding of the relationship between natural disasters, climate change and conflict has increased significantly. The Center for Climate and Security has been exploring case studies of this relationship since 2012, and four years…

What International Relations Tells Us about COVID-19

This is an excerpt from an article first published on E-International Relations (April 26, 2020) By Joshua Busby The emergence of a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19) in 2019 may be the most consequential event of the early 21st century, upending modern life, globalization,…

The Responsibility to Prepare and Prevent: The Urgent Need For a Climate-Security Governance Architecture

This article was first published on AsiaGlobal Online (April 29, 2020) By Rachel Fleishman Today’s international security and governance architecture was born of the post-World War II period, when a conflict-weary world sought to prevent another clash of nation-state alliances…

Pentagon and Northern Command: Climate Change Has Implications for National Security in the Arctic

By Dr. Marc Kodack On March 3, the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sub-Committee on Readiness and Management Support, held a hearing on “U.S. Policy and Posture in Support of Artic readiness.” Witnesses providing written statements and answering questions included the…

BRIEFER: Nuclear Energy Developments, Climate Change and Security in Turkey

By Nilsu Goren, Ph.D. In “The Clash of Civilizations,” Samuel Huntington categorized Turkey as a “torn” state between the West and Islam.While this categorization is overly simplistic, it points to Turkey’s problematic identity that is reflected in its foreign and…

Christine Parthemore on Climate One: The Rewards and Risks of Nuclear Power

On April 10, Christine Parthemore, CEO of the the Council on Strategic Risks - the parent organization of the Center for Climate and Security - was interviewed by Climate One on the future of nuclear power. Christine brings a unique…

The Geopolitics of COVID-19 and Climate Change

By Shiloh Fetzek The Stockholm Environment Institute and Mistra Geopolitics hosted a webinar on the Geopolitics of COVID-19 and Climate Change on 3 April. It covered how the ongoing crisis might impact climate ambition in the near term, whether or…

Last Year, the U.S. Intelligence Community Warned of a Coronavirus Pandemic: Will We Heed their Climate Warnings?

By John Conger, Francesco Femia and Caitlin Werrell In the absence of a public hearing and release of the U.S. Intelligence Community’s "Worldwide Threat Assessment" this year, it is instructive to look at last year’s assessment to see what the…

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…