• Survival

    Real and Present Danger

    25 July 2014.  The latest US assessments drive home the fact that dangerous climate change is not just a future risk. It is already here.


  • Politics and Strategy

    Jeffrey Mazo: Real and present danger

    23 June 2014.  Buried within the 1,042-page bill authorising next year’s US defence budget is an unusual provision. Entitled ‘prohibition on use of funds to implement certain climate change assessments and reports’, it reads: None of the funds authorized to be appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to implement the United States Global Change Research Program National Climate Assessment, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report, the...

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Adelphi Webinar - Food Security in Asia: Challenges, Policies and Implications

    30 May 2014.  Prior to the Shangri-La Dialogue, Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta, lecturer in International Security at the University of South Wales, addressed a webinar on her Adelphi book, Food Security in Asia: Challenges, Policies and Implications.  Barthwal-Datta began by discussing why threats to food security in Asia ultimately signify a global problem. Home to over half of the world’s population and two-thirds of its poor and undernourished, the region’s capacity to manage its...

  • Shangri-La Voices

    Shiloh Fetzek: Climate change and the Asia–Pacific

    30 May 2014.  By Shiloh Fetzek, Research Analyst for Climate Change and Security Last year, when asked what the biggest threat to long-term security in the Pacific was, the Commander of US Pacific Command, Admiral Samuel Locklear, gave an unexpected answer. He replied ‘climate change’, reflecting the increasingly mainstream view within the security community that climate change is a ‘threat multiplier’ for instability. With the US expanding its presence in the Asia–Pacific, there...

  • Events

    Webinar: Food Security in Asia

    21 May 2014. 

    Adelphi Webinar
    Monika Barthwal-Datta,
    Lecturer in International Security,
    School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales
    Wednesday 21 May 2014

  • Strategic Dossiers

    Chapter Nine: Water security and climate change

    11 May 2014. 

    Stress, scarcity and security; Water security in the Asia-Pacific: snapshot; East Asia; Southeast Asia; South Asia; Australia/New Zealand; Water security in the Asia-Pacific: drivers and trends; Climate change; Conclusion

  • Events

    New Climate Science: Implications for Security

    07 April 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Professor Neil Adger
    Professor of Geography, University of Exeter
    Professor Clionadh Raleigh
    Professor of Geography, University of Sussex
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 7 April 2014

  • IISS Voices

    Alexa van Sickle: Cuba and food security

    12 March 2014.  Since taking over from his brother Fidel, Cuban President Raul Castro, noting the connection between national security and food security, has made Cuba’s food sovereignty and agricultural reform a priority. Cuba imports about 60% of its domestic food requirement, making it highly vulnerable to price increases, changes in food supply and the impacts of natural disasters, writes Alexa van Sickle, for the Guardian’s global development blog. Cuba has faced particular challenges over the...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Shiloh Fetzek: UK MoD assesses climate-change risks

    10 March 2014.  By Shiloh Fetzek, Research Analyst for Climate Change and Security A cache of unpublished MoD climate change risk assessments, recently obtained by Friends of the Earth through Freedom of Information requests, show how the MoD are preparing the defence estate for climate change. An article on the documents in the Telegraph on 21 February highlighted defence assets vulnerable to flooding, in light of recent extreme weather affecting Britain and the call-out...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Jeffrey Mazo: Billions and billions

    10 March 2014.  On Sunday night, 9 March, a new 13-part science documentary series on US television was introduced with a video message from President Obama. The first episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, was shown simultaneously on 10 networks in the Fox group and will appear on more than 200 channels in 181 countries. The show is a follow-up to the most successful and influential science documentary series of all time: Carl...

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