New White House Action Plan Underscores Water Security as National Security

By Rod Schoonover On June 1, Vice-President Kamala Harris announced the White House Action Plan on Global Water Security. Pictured in yellow is the Hon. Sherri Goodman, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Council on Strategic Risks and,…

Announcing the Inaugural Cohort of Ecological Security Fellows

The Converging Risks Lab, an institute of the Council on Strategic Risks, is pleased to announce its inaugural class of Ecological Security Fellows. This initiative is a part of the institute’s Ecological Security Program, supported by the VK Rasmussen Foundation.…

RELEASE: In Seminal Report, CSR Finds Declines in Pollination and Seed Dispersal Will Have Significant Security Consequences

Washington DC, March 22, 2022 – Today, the Converging Risks Lab of the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) released a groundbreaking report, Societal and Security Implications of Ecosystem Service Declines, Part 1: Pollination and Seed Dispersal. It is the first…

Call for Applications: 2022 Ecological Security Fellowship

The Converging Risks Lab of the Council on Strategic Risks is pleased to announce a call for applications for its inaugural Ecological Security Fellowship, as part of its broader Ecological Security Program.   Tackling complex, converging risks arising from ecological change…

REPORT RELEASE: The Nexus of Climate Change, Ecological Disruption, Stability, and Security

By Andrea Rezzonico Last week, the Climate and Land Use Alliance launched Climate and Forests 2030, a program aimed at mobilizing finance at scale to help realize the potential of forests to mitigate climate change, benefit people, and protect biodiversity.…

RELEASE: The Council on Strategic Risks Significantly Expands Its Ecological Security Program

October 20, 2021 -- To fill an urgent gap in understanding and addressing the security implications of global ecological disruption, the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) has significantly expanded its Ecological Security Program over the past months, with the help…

Why I’ve Joined the Council on Strategic Risks as Head of its Ecological Security Program

By Dr. Rod Schoonover We are in the midst of an ecological crisis. Biodiversity loss is quickening, ecosystems are collapsing, mass die-offs are rising, zoonotic spillovers are escalating, and populations of harmful organisms are booming. In a January 2021 article…

CSR Expands Ecological Security Program with Significant New Grant

Over the past year, the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) has been at the forefront of investigating the security implications of ecological degradation and exploitation. CSR’s landmark 2021 report, “The Security Threat that Binds Us,” identified multiple pathways through which…

The CSR Team on the Biden Budget and Systemic Threats

To date, the Biden administration appears to be prioritizing work to address the greatest threats to international security and stability, including biological risks, the security implications of climate change, dramatic ecological disruption, and nuclear threats. Analyzing, anticipating, and addressing these…

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…