Peace, Conflict, and the Scale of the Climate Risk Landscape (WEBINAR) | Wilson Center

Peace, Conflict, and the Scale of the Climate Risk Landscape (WEBINAR)

The Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program is promoting a five-session webinar series hosted by The Security and Sustainability Forum and the Global Security Initiative (GSI) at Arizona State University to facilitate a national dialogue about the global security implications of climate risk.


Climate risks have the potential to affect every natural and social system, to harm populations, disrupt economic systems, and contribute directly or indirectly to conflicts within and across jurisdictional borders. The Global Climate Security webinar series convenes global thought leaders to seek pathways to improve responses to destabilizing climate risks.

The opening webinar will examine the security implications of climate risk and will provide a context for the subsequent place-based and sector-based webinars. This session will address climate risk and security on all fronts from the risk assessment perspective (impacts on governance, economic vitality, national, regional and international security) to potential solutions (risk management, policy, and technical). 

Participants will hear from experts from the national intelligence and climate impact communities who will address the scale of the risks.  The first webinar will set up the remaining webinars, which in turn will address how to respond in four sectors (national & subnational, industry, defense and global policy) based on risk assessment and responses commensurate with the risk.  The intent is to examine steps to bridge the risk - policy analysis gap.



  • Joshua Busby

    Associate Professor of Public Affairs, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Austin
  • Marc Levy

    Deputy Director, Center for International Earth Science Information Network, Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • Mathew J. Burrows

    Director, Strategic Foresight Initiative, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council