Twenty years ago, many of the key environmental issues of the day, and their implications for national and global security, were too often discussed in isolation. Silo walls were rarely breached, and key players in the public and private sectors did not engage on a regular basis. Enter the Environmental Change and Security Program of the Wilson Center, an undertaking specifically designed to make connections between those that can achieve more working together than would ever be possible while acting separately. An all-star panel looks back at what's been achieved while also assessing the challenges that lie ahead.
For 20 years, the Environmental Change and Security Program has brought together a wide range of communities that do not always interact with one another to create new connections and discuss some of the most critical challenges facing the world today. We recently spoke with the program’s founding director, P.J. Simmons, and asked him to provide both a history lesson and a look forward.
According to a symposium of national leaders, profound and pervasive changes are already underway. They say that climate change related changes are affecting infrastructure, commerce, and the military in ways that compromise national security. Their discussion is the focus of this edition of REWIND.
Tensions over security, access, and environmental impacts in the Arctic are rising. While members of the Arctic Council (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, the United States) assert their established rights under new circumstances, an increasing number of non-Arctic states (including China, Korea, Japan, and Singapore) seek an active role in the region. In this video series, "Who Owns the Arctic?" an international panel of experts describes why one of the world’s coldest environments is becoming a hot topic.
On the eve of World Population Day 2014, Roger-Mark De Souza, director of population,environmental security, and resilience for the Wilson Center discusses the latest thinking on population issues.
Must competition for resources, particularly in areas most affected by climate change, result in conflict? Or can education prevent conflict and lead to better solutions? Roger-Mark De Souza, Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience with the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program tackles these tough questions and more in this episode of Wilson Center NOW.
In part 4 of our series, Anne-Marie Brady provides insight into China’s goals for the region and possibilities for Chinese collaboration with the United States.
In part 2 of our series “Who Owns The Arctic?”, Aki Tonami discusses the prospects for protecting the environment and creating sustainable development as more and more countries turn their attention to the North Pole.
Tensions over security, access, and environmental impacts in the Arctic are rising. While members of the Arctic Council assert their established rights under new circumstances, an increasing number of non-Arctic states seek an active role in the region.
A new report from the CNA Corporation's Military Advisory Board makes clear that when it comes to climate change, “many threats are manifesting faster than anticipated and the risks are accelerating.” Geoff Dabelko discusses the threats and recommendations from the report.