Environmental Security

Water Scarcity Could Deter Energy Developers From Crossing Border Into Northern Mexico

Before world oil prices collapsed late last year, shop owners closest to the banks of the Rio Grande River in Piedras Negras joked that they could hear the groans of Texas drilling rigs advancing toward the

World Population Day 2015: Demographic Resilience

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.” Is a younger population more prone to conflict and instability? And what other contextual factors weigh in to the equation? He explains the meaning of “demographic resilience, and offers thoughts on its usefulness as a lens through which to view and assess the overall health of a community. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.

A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks (Report Launch)

As momentum builds towards the negotiation of the Sustainable Development Goals and UN climate change summit later this year, the G7 countries – France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Canada, the UK, and the United States – have made a strong statement about the importance of climate security risks. A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risksan independent report commissioned by G7 foreign ministers and authored by a consortium of international organizations including the Wilson Center, analyzes the secur

A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks

A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks is an independent report commissioned by members of the G7 and authored jointly by the Wilson Center, adelphi, International Alert, and the European Union Institute for Security Studies. The report identifies seven compound climate-fragility risks that pose serious threats to the stability of states and societies in the decades ahead.

CEF Director, Jennifer Turner, was interviewed by CCTV America on China’s water solution

Water shortages are giving rise to the transformation of Chinese cities into what’s called ‘sponge cities’ where rain water is collected rather than allowed to run off. CEF Director, Jennifer Turner was interviewed by CCTV America on water solutions in China. 

CEF Director, Jennifer Turner, quoted by Times of India on the lessons from China's ChokePoint crisis

What lessons does China's experience hold for other countries? In a series of talks throughout India, Dr. Jennifer Turner, CEF Director, offers some insights. The Times of India covered her talk in Guwahati, where she warned against overexploiting natural resources in the North East of the country.

The Sahel Beyond the Headlines: Population, Environment, and Security Dynamics

Between the Sahara to the north and savanna to the south lies the semi-arid Sahel, a region stretching from Senegal to Sudan that has experienced desperate poverty, climate change, malnutrition, and violence. While every context is different, the Sahelian countries share some common challenges, including a pattern of recurring crises and fluid borders. Boko Haram’s reign of terror in northern Nigeria and Mali’s coup have both had cross-border components.

Roger-Mark De Souza on 'A New Climate for Peace' Report

A New Climate for Change: Taking Action on Climate Change and Fragility Risk is an independent report commissioned by the G7 members and jointly authored by the Wilson Center. The report says that climate change is “a global threat to security” and goes on to suggest that “we must act quickly to limit future risks to the planet we share and the to the peace we seek.” We spoke to one of the report’s contributing authors to learn more about the challenges presented. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.  

Climate Change & Fragility as a Foreign Policy Priority: A New G7 Report

Washington, D.C. — At the close of a meeting of G7 foreign ministers in Lübeck today, ministers announced a stronger collective commitment to tackling climate-related risks in states experiencing situations of fragility. The ministers’ final communiqué declared that “Climate change is among the most serious challenges facing our world. It poses a threat to the environment, to global security and economic prosperity. It has the potential to reverse the progress that has been made in the past decades in tackling global poverty.

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