Program on Environmental Insecurity

An overview of the ET21 fellowship offer can be found here.

Program on Environmental Insecurity
The advent and causes of climate change may still be debated as a scientific question by policy makers in the United States. But its identifiable effects on both nature and public policy have become increasingly evident. Analytically, these can be divided into two elements. The first are the traditional forms of threats that are generated by climate change. These include violent conflict over increasingly scarce natural resources and questions about the adaptation of military forces to a new physical environment. The second are the emergent non-traditional threats. Among these are massive migration flows of environmental refugees, the question of how to mediate debates over water and food distribution, commercial land and sea degradation, species extinction and, invariably, pollution. This program seeks to track both forms of emerging threats and identify their real and immediate impacts, as well as their long-term economic, military and social ramifications on individuals, states, and the international community.

Varied programming will examine the varied consequences of climate change. Specifically, it will focus on

  • A series of conferences that are designed to bring together stakeholders from academia, governmental and intergovernmental organizations
  • Journal articles designed to contribute to academic debate

Policy papers that add critical thinking approaches to the policy dialogue.

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