Kayly Ober is a program assistant for the Environmental Change and Security Program. Her interests lie in women's roles in peacebuilding and peacekeeping, post-conflict land use, migration, and Latin America, particularly the Andes and Southern Cone. She often writes on these topics for ECSP's award-winning blog New Security Beat. She is also a regular contributor at Towards Recognition, a blog that analyzes the environment and climate change's impact on migration patterns. Before joining the Wilson Center, she interned with the Electricity Governance Initiative at the World Resources Institute for several semesters and served as an administrative and program assistant at the International Labor Rights Forum. While studying abroad in Santiago, Chile, she assisted newly arrived refugees with the Catholic Church of Santiago, La Vicaria de Pastoral Social y de los Trabajadores. Kayly holds a BA in international studies, with a focus in international development and Latin America, from American University. She is fluent in Spanish.
- “Meeting the Needs of Latin America's Rural and Urban Populations.” Centerpoint. Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson Center (Oct 2010).
New Security Beat
- "Food, Water, Energy, Timber, Population: Do Madagascar’s Forests Stand a Chance?" (Apr 22, 2009).
- "Wind Farms’ Dirty Laundry Aired in Mexico and the United States" (Sep 18, 2009).
- "Water: The Next Climate Negotiation Tool?" (Jan 21, 2010).
- "Urbanization, Climate Change, and Indigenous Populations: Finding USAID’s Comparative Advantage" (May 26, 2010).
- "Time to Give a Dam: Alternative Energy as Source of Cooperation or Conflict?" (Jul 8, 2010).
- "An "Aye" for an "Aye": Everyone Has a Right to Be Counted" (Jul 12, 2010).
- "Drug Barons, Poachers, Ranchers, Oh My! Guatemala’s Forests Under Siege" (Jul 29, 2010).
- "No Peace Without Women" (Nov 11, 2010).
- "Climate-Induced Migration: Catastrophe or Adaptation Strategy?" (Feb 11, 2011).
- "In Colombia, Rural Communities Face Uphill Battle for Land Rights" (Nov 14, 2011).
- "Center for American Progress Takes on Climate Change, Migration, and Why They Matter to U.S. National Security" (Jul 19, 2012).
- "Finding a (Legal) Home for Climate Migrants" (Aug 31, 2009).
- "In a Changing Climate, Migration as Adaptation is Key" (Sep 29, 2009).
- "Translating Environmental Migrants’ Rights from Philosophy to Policy" (Feb 28, 2010).
- "Towards a Soft Law Protection for “Distress Migrants”" (Jun 5, 2010).
- "Realist Reasoning for Climate Migrant Legitimacy" (Jun 15, 2010).