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…

Report Highlight: Climate Security and the Strategic Energy Pathway in South Asia

By Sarang Shidore, Rachel Fleishman and Dr. Marc Kodack Climate change is not just an environmental issue in South Asia; it is also a major security concern. When overlaid with pre-existing domestic distress and inter-state rivalries that roil the region,…

The Complexity of the Climate Change, Migration and Conflict Nexus

Reuters/Rodi Said By Dr. Marc Kodack Researchers are actively assessing the interactions between climate/environmental change and migration (here) and, climate change, migration, and conflict (here and here) to increase our understanding of the diverse effects that climate change will have on populations around…

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…

BRIEFER: Converging Risks in South Asia: Is a Disruptive Transition on the Horizon?

By Sarang Shidore South Asia spans multiple countries that were formerly either directly or effectively a component of British India. These include India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and the Maldives.[1] The subcontinent has had a traumatic history in…

Why the Nile Constitutes a New Kind of Water Dispute – and Why That’s Dangerous

By Peter Schwartzstein Ever since workers first broke ground on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in 2011, international commenters have fixated on the Nile as a possible harbinger of future ‘water wars’ to come. And almost since then, water…

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…

NPR on Climate and Security Scenarios

In yesterday's episode of NPR's On Point, Meghna Chakrabarti interviewed journalist Emily Atkin and Francesco Femia, the Council on Strategic Risks' CEO and Co-Founder of the Center for Climate and Security, to discuss the implications of climate change for global…

Femia on TRT World: The Strategic Benefit of Acting on Climate and Security

In an interview segment released on July 17 by TRT World, Francesco Femia, the CEO of the Council on Strategic Risks and Co-Founder of the Center for Climate and Security, spoke with host Ghida Fakhry and WRI's Rebecca Carter about…