States of Emergency: Climate Change Risks to U.S. Military Installations in 2021 

By John Conger and Erin Sikorsky On January 5, the Washington Post published an analysis of climate change-related emergencies in 2021 and concluded that more than 40 percent of Americans live in counties that were covered by federal disaster declarations…

Mainstreaming Climate Security: The FY22 National Defense Authorization Act

By John Conger Last week, President Biden signed the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), that Congress passed with overwhelmingly bipartisan support. The bill included numerous climate security measures that echo a number of key recommendations in the…

RELEASE: Top Experts Release Handbook for Ending Catastrophic Biological Risks

December 20, 2021, Washington, DC - In a time of daily confusion in the public discourse on the current pandemic, the Janne E. Nolan Center on Strategic Weapons, an institute of the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR), is releasing A…

Climate Change and Ecological Security Must Be at the Center of Our National Defense Strategy

By Holly Kaufman, Sherri Goodman and John Conger  At a United Nations Security Council meeting in September 2021, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken asserted, “Look at almost every place where you see threats to international peace and security today…

Implementing the Biden Administration’s Climate Executive Order – The White House Report on Climate Change and Migration

By Brigitte Hugh In October, the Biden Administration released several climate security reports in accordance with the Executive Orders on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad and Planning for the Impact of Climate Change on Migration. We are…

The Biden Administration’s Whole of Government Approach to Climate Security

President Biden at the Leaders Summit on Climate - 22 April 2021 By Joon Hwang “Climate change is an increasingly destabilizing force—an accelerating destabilization force—and it’s impacting our operational environment, it’s creating new missions, and our allies and partners are…

CSR Webinar: Preventing the Next Pandemic—Leveraging Today’s Tools to Address the Biological Threats of the Future

By Lillian Parr On Monday, November 15, the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) hosted a webinar to discuss innovative technologies for addressing biological risks and how the U.S. government can most effectively invest in them. These technologies span a broad…

U.S. House Hearing on the National Security Implications of Climate Change in the Arctic 

By Dr. Marc Kodack  On November 20, the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Europe, Energy, the Environment and Cyber held a virtual hearing entitled “National Security Implications of Climate Change in the Arctic.” Witnesses providing written statements and answering…

BRIEFER: Key U.S. Initiatives for Addressing Biological Threats Part 6

By Dr. Rohit Chitale, Dr. Yong-Bee Lim, and Lillian Parr Today the Nolan Center, an institute of the Council on Strategic Risks, is releasing its sixth briefer in its series Key U.S. Initiatives for Addressing Biological Threats, which focuses on…

From Analysis to Action: Two Events on Climate Security Next Steps

"The science is clear: We have only a brief window to raise our ambition and rise to meet the threat of climate change," U.S. President Joe Biden at the COP in Glasgow. - November 1, 2021 In the wake of…