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New Security Beat is the blog of the Environmental Change and Security Program, with contributions from the Maternal Health InitiativeChina Environment ForumUrban Sustainability Laboratory, and Global Sustainability and Resilience Program.

Since 1994, the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) has actively pursued the connections between the environment, health, population, development, conflict, and security. ECSP brings together scholars, policymakers, media, and practitioners through events, research, publications, multimedia content, and our award-winning blog.

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Lauren Herzer Risi // Managing Editor
Sarah Barnes // Maternal Health Initiative Editor
Benjamin Dills // Digital Editor
Geoff Dabelko // Senior Advisor

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Photo Credit: A U.S. Air Force convoy in Afghanistan, March 2010, courtesy of Kenny Holston/U.S. Air Force.