ECSP Blog Explores Today's New Security Threats

The New Security Beat Offers Latest on Population, Environment, Security in the News

Oct 24, 2007

Security is much more than fighting terrorism or weapons of mass destruction. For the past 13 years, the Woodrow Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) has worked to redefine security to include environmental, ecological, and demographic issues. From population growth to water scarcity and degraded ecosystems, these crucial and timely issues are today's new security threats. But the connections among population, environment, and security are complex, and despite their importance, these new security issues are often misunderstood or misinterpreted.

Offering insight into these crucial connections is The New Security Beat, ECSP's blog, which provides frequent updates and commentary on the latest news, reports, and resources on population, environment, and security. Recent posts have covered the awarding of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate and Change and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore; the House Committee on Science and Technology's recent hearing on the security impacts of climate change; and the security implications of the unprecedented melting of the Arctic ice sheet. The New Security Beat's contributors include ECSP staff members, as well as guest commentators such as Major Shannon Beebe (USA) and Department of Defense Policy Planning Consultant Jennifer Dabbs Sciubba.

The New Security Beat also features an original podcast series with Wilson Center speakers. Recent podcasts include: UNAIDS Executive Director Dr. Peter Piot on the future of the global response to HIV/AIDS; retired colonel and professor of geography Kent Hughes Butts on the environmental security field; and lead author of UNFPA's State of World Population 2007 report George Martine on the implications of urbanization.

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Experts & Staff

  • Roger-Mark De Souza // Director of Population, Environmental Security and Resilience, Wilson Center
  • Sandeep Bathala // Senior Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program, Maternal Health Initiative
  • Katharine Diamond // Program Assistant, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Benjamin Dills // Program Assistant, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Lauren Herzer // Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • John Thon Majok // Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Schuyler Null // Web Editor and Writer/Editor, Environmental Change and Security Program, Maternal Health Initiative
  • Meaghan Parker // Writer/Editor, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Sean Peoples // Multimedia Producer and Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Geoffrey D. Dabelko // Senior Advisor, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Ruth Greenspan Bell // Public Policy Scholar
  • William Krist // Senior Policy Scholar
  • Louise Lief // Public Policy Scholar
  • John W. Sewell // Senior Scholar