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Integrated Analysis for Development and Security: Scarcity and Climate, Population, and Natural Resources

Development, population, security, scarcity, climate, and natural resources: Increasingly, policymakers are realizing that the issues in this laundry list are inextricably linked. But how do policymakers break out of their institutional stovepipes to address these connections in an integrated way?

Backdraft: The Conflict Potential of Climate Mitigation and Adaptation

The European Union's biofuel goal for 2020 "is a good example of setting a target….without really thinking through [the] secondary, third, or fourth order consequences," said Alexander Carius, co-founder and managing director of Adelphi Research and Adelphi Consult.

Book Event: The Plundered Planet: Why We Must – and How We Can – Manage Nature for Global Prosperity

Who owns the planet's natural wealth found underwater, below ground, and in the air? How do we reconcile our use of these assets with that of future generations?

Confronting the Crisis of Sustainability and Resource Scarcity

The Copenhagen climate conference will be "the most important gathering in human history," said the United Kingdom's environment secretary, Hilary Benn, at the Wilson Center on May 14, 2009 (full text of speech). While "an agreement on cutting emissions would be the biggest single step we could take to safeguard [natural] resources," said Benn, "even such an agreement will not—indeed cannot—encompass all of the things we need to do to safeguard our environment."

The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital: "The Great Experiment" With Strobe Talbott

"The idea of being a citizen of the world is still controversial," said Strobe Talbott at a March 12, 2009, event examining the "great experiment" of global governance. Nevertheless, Talbott, president of The Brookings Institution, argued that global governance will be key to solving three of the greatest challenges the world faces: nuclear proliferation, climate change, and the financial crisis.

Review of the National Intelligence Council's Global Trends 2025 Report

On July 24, 2008, the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) convened a group of environment, demography, and security experts to review an intermediate draft of the National Intelligence Council's (NIC) Global Trends 2025 report. The discussion focused on Chapter Two, "The Demographics of Discord," and Chapter Three, "Scarcity in the Midst of Plenty?" The report is scheduled to be published in December 2008, in time to inform the new U.S.

Book Discussion: Greening Aid? Understanding the Environmental Impact of Development Assistance

"Given the urgency, the scale of the global environmental challenges we're facing today, if … we're going to have any chance at halting and reversing these troubling environmental trends, environmental aid has a crucial role to play," declared Manish Bapna of the World Resources Institute at a June 11, 2008, discussion of the new book Greening Aid?: Understanding the Environmental Impact of Development Assistance sponsored by the Wilson Center's Environmental Chan

Future Shock: How Environmental Change and Human Impact Are Changing the Global Map

The complex linkages between environmental degradation, health, and migration are "entangled vulnerabilities," said Pell Center Director Peter Liotta at "Future Shock: How Environmental Change and Human Impact Are Changing the Global Map," an event sponsored by the Pell Center in collaboration with the Woodrow Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) and the Embassy of Liechtenstein on March 4, 2008.

Climate Change, Environmental Degradation, and Conflict Prevention: A Roundtable Discussion to Identify Policy and Programming Options

Experts from diverse fields—including conflict prevention, environment, humanitarian relief, development, and the military—gathered at the Woodrow Wilson Center on November 1, 2007, to discuss potential policy and programming responses to the security implications of climate change. The participants shared their different perspectives on the climate change-security nexus, sparking a lively, engaged discussion.

Fishing for a Secure Future: Opportunities for Reforming Fisheries Governance

Products from fisheries are the world's most widely traded food, the net export value of which is greater than that of rice, coffee, sugar, and tea combined. Fishers in developing countries, who overwhelmingly operate on a small scale, supply 77 percent of the fish the world eats. But despite the global importance of fisheries, they suffer from poor planning, inadequate funding, and neglect by all levels of government. To address these issues, the Woodrow Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program and the U.S.