Center for Climate and Security

Center for Climate and Security
(2011; Washington; 36 staff;

This non-partisan institute is part of the Council on Strategic Risks and Vision: “a climate resilient world…which recognizes that climate change risks are unprecedented in human history, and does not wait for absolute certainty before acting to mitigate and adapt to those risks.” For that the Center facilitates policy development processes and dialogues, provides analysis, conducts research, and acts as a resource hub in the climate and security field.


  • Climate Change Risks to the U.S. Military – “The U.S. military understands that climate change is a security threat, as evidenced by strategic documents like the Quadrennial Defense Review, the setting up of a U.S. Navy Task Force Climate Change, and other actions dating all the way back to 2003. This program of research focuses on assessing climate change risks to the U.S. military’s mission, and highlighting solutions for the way ahead. “
  • The Responsibility to Prepare Framework – “The world in the 21st century is characterized by both unprecedented risks and unprecedented foresight. Climate change, population shifts and cyber-threats are rapidly increasing the scale and complexity of risks to international security, while technological developments are increasing our capacity to foresee those risks.” This results in a responsibility to prevent and respond to mass atrocities and requires an institutional reform of international governance to ensure that critical, nontraditional risks to international security, are anticipated, analyzed and addressed.
  • The Middle East, North Africa, Climate and Security – Looks into environmental stresses threat multipliers in the region that are “exacerbating social, economic, and political drivers of unrest”. Examines “the past, present and projected future role of climate change, water and food security in the MENA region, and what this means for government legitimacy, regional and international security.”
  • The U.S. Asia-Pacific Rebalance, Climate and Security – Explores “the intersection of climate change and the various drivers of insecurity in the Asia-Pacific, and what that means for U.S. foreign and national security policy in the context of the Asia-Pacific rebalance
  • Technology, Climate and Security – Explores “the opportunities and risks associated with technological advancements, and what that means for climate-security.”
  • Climate-Nuclear-Security Program  – Fills “a critical, largely unexplored gap, taking a fresh look at the ways in which these issues are likely to connect and potentially collide in the years ahead, and foster deeper dialogue on what should be done about it.”
  • Climate Security 101 – Aims to answer the most frequently asked questions regarding the nature of climate risks to security, as well as act as a clearinghouse for the latest climate security research and policy documents.


Leadership: John Conger (Director), Francesco Femia (Co-Founders), Caitlin E. Werrell (Co-Founders)

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