About the Environmental Change and Security Program

Since 1994, the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) has explored the connections among environmental, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy. more



Healthy People, Healthy Environment: Integrated Development in Tanzania is the first in a series of short films produced by ECSP exploring population, health, and environment (PHE) projects around the world. For more information, please visit newsecuritybeat.org/healthypeople.

The Latest from the Environmental Change and Security Program

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Changing the World: How USAID’s 50 Years of Family Planning has Transformed People, Economies, and the Planet

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June 26, 2015 // 10:00am12:00pm
Join us, the current director of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health, and five former directors to discuss USAID’s history in family planning and future directions, including how the program fits into the Obama administration’s goal to end preventable child and maternal deaths and contributes to the global Family Planning 2020 movement. more
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The Hillary Doctrine: Sex & American Foreign Policy (Book Launch)

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June 24, 2015 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Join us in a discussion with authors Valerie Hudson and Patricia Leidl and discussants Rosa Brooks (Georgetown University Law Center) and Kathleen Kuehnast (U.S. Institute of Peace). Daniela Ligiero, former senior gender advisor at the U.S. Department of State and current vice president of girls and women strategy at the United Nations Foundation, will lead the discussion. more
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World Population Day 2015: Demographic Resilience

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Jun 23, 2015
As events and discussions centered around World Population Day 2015 begin and continue, we spoke with the Wilson Center’s Roger-Mark De Souza about the concept of “demographic resilience.” De Souza offers thoughts on its usefulness as a lens through which to view and assess the overall health of a community. more
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A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks (Report Launch)

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June 22, 2015 // 3:00pm5:00pm
The ultimate “threat multiplier,” climate change is increasing the challenges facing the U.S. development, diplomatic, and security communities. Join leaders from the development, diplomatic, and security communities and the report’s coauthors for the U.S. launch of a “New Climate for Peace.” more

De Souza Discusses Demographic Resilience in Latest SAIS Review of International Affairs

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Jun 02, 2015
In the latest edition of the Review of International Affairs, Roger-Mark De Souza examines the ways in which demographic trends influence security considerations, highlighting some key considerations in light of the reality of climate change and drawing policy implications for the security, humanitarian, and development communities. De Souza suggests that when countries find ways to harness population dynamics they enhance their “demographic resilience” and find ways to plan for the shocks and stresses associated with climate change that may increase their conflict potential. more

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