5 Things to Know About Strategic Risks From the Past Few Weeks

1. On North Korea, COVID-19 and Biological Weapons In a long Politico examination, Andy Weber of the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) and other experts outline their concerns that North Korea’s recently-announced quest for a COVID-19 vaccine could also support…

Science suppression is a security threat – whether climate or covid

By Francesco Femia A little over a year ago, the White House tried to block the testimony of a respected professional, Dr. Rod Schoonover – senior analyst and senior scientist in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the U.S.…

Climate Change Entails More Than Changing Temperatures: Disease and Security Implications

By Leah Emanuel In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Matthew Vollrath, a journalism Master’s student at Stanford, has created a podcast entitled “Life in the Coronaverse.” This five-part series explores the linkages between the coronavirus and climate change, how…

Goodman on the Climate and Covid Threat and the Energy Opportunity

By Leah Emanuel The Center for Climate and Security’s Senior Strategist, Sherri Goodman, spoke with Ben Hemmings and Joe Coppolino for their podcast and youtube channel, The One Tree Planted Show. In the episode published on May 1, Goodman spoke…

Heeding the Intelligence Warnings of the Next Crisis

By John Conger and Kate Guy In the January 2019 Worldwide Threat Assessment, the Director of National Intelligence offered this clear prediction: “We assess that the United States and the world will remain vulnerable to the next flu pandemic or largescale outbreak of…

Let’s Not Get Caught Flat-Footed on the Next Crisis: Coronavirus, Climate Change, and American Security

By Christine Parthemore and Hon. Sherri Goodman The devastating COVID-19 crisis is driving a national conversation on how we define our security. While this debate is overdue, calls for the nation to reallocate resources from national defense, to threats like the novel…

Climate Change Didn’t Pause for COVID-19: Implications for Military Readiness

By Joan VanDervort As COVID-19 continues to hammer the nation, approximately 61,900 Department of Defense (DoD) personnel (45,600 of which are made up of National Guard) have been called on to support the national response.     “With COVID-19, it’s like…

Rose Gottemoeller and Andy Weber on the Future of Nuclear and Biological Threats

Correspondent Dana Lewis' most recent "BackStory" podcast covers the worrying increase in global nuclear and biological threats. For the show, Lewis interviews two leading lights in the field: Rose Gottemoeller, former Lead Negotiator for the New Start Treaty, and Andy Weber,…

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…