28 Nov


Security and climate change in the Pacific: from Asia to the US

This high-level discussion on the security risks of climate change in the Asia-Pacific was convened in collaboration with The Center for Climate and Security (CCS) and featured key members of its Advisory Board and staff.

Since the first George W. Bush administration, the US security community has recognised the national security threats of climate change. These high-probability, high-impact threats have remained a priority area for action within Congress and the Department of Defense. The Asia-Pacific region is acutely vulnerable to the security impacts of climate change. A range of underlying security fragilities and geo-strategic tensions will be shaped by increasingly frequent and severe disasters, impacts to coastal infrastructure and populations, sea level rise altering maritime boundary delimitations, greater food insecurity, and irregular migration flows. This discussion explored these risks, how US military installations, operations, and strategies in the region may be shaped by them, and their influence on US bilateral and multilateral relationships.

John Conger
Former Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)
Senior Policy Advisor, The Center for Climate and Security

Shiloh Fetzek
Senior Fellow for International Affairs, The Center for Climate and Security

Brigadier General (Retd) Gerald Galloway
Former Dean of the Academic Board, United States Military Academy at West Point
Member, Advisory Board, The Center for Climate and Security

Sherri Goodman
Former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Environmental Security)
Senior Advisor for International Security, The Center for Climate and Security

Dr Marcus King
Director of the Master of Arts in International Affairs Program, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
Member, Advisory Board, The Center for Climate and Security

Rear Admiral (Retd) Ann Phillips
Former Director of the Surface Warfare Division, US Navy
Member, Advisory Board, The Center for Climate and Security

This event was chaired by Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas. It took place at the IISS–Americas, 2121 K Street NW, Suite 801, Washington DC 20037.


Mark Fitzpatrick

Mark Fitzpatrick is the Executive Director of the IISS–Americas, as well as head of the IISS Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme. He joined IISS in 2005, after 26 years at the State Department, and moved back to Washington in December 2015. His research focus is on preventing nuclear dangers through non-proliferation, nuclear security, and arms control. Follow Mark Fitzpatrick @FitzpatrickIISS.

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Event details

Tuesday 28 November, 10–11.30am EST
IISS–Americas, Washington DC
John Conger, Senior Policy Advisor, The Center for Climate and Security (CCS)
Shiloh Fetzek, Senior Fellow for International Affairs, CCS
Brigadier General (Retd) Gerald Galloway, Member, Advisory Board, CCS
Sherri Goodman, Senior Advisor for International Security, CCS
Dr Marcus King, Member, Advisory Board, CCS
Rear Admiral (Retd) Ann Phillips, Member, Advisory Board, CCS
Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas