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Environmental Change and Security Program

The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental change, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy.

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New Security Beat

New Security Beat is the blog of the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program, with contributions from the Maternal Health Initiative, China Environment Forum, Urban Sustainability Laboratory, Polar Institute, and Global Risk and Resilience Program.

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21st Century Diplomacy: Foreign Policy is Climate Policy


More from the Environmental Change and Security Program

  • The Wilson Center’s Africa in Transition series, co-sponsored by the Population Institute, focuses on how often overlooked population trends—fertility, maternal mortality, migration, urbanization—shape sub-Saharan Africa’s chances for prosperity, health, and security.

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  • Countries around the world are ramping up their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. This effort to transition to a renewable energy economy and protect communities on the frontlines of climate change is critical. There is, however, a risk that well-intentioned efforts could have a “backdraft” effect, leading to unintended consequences. If designed or implemented without consideration for conflict potential, unforeseen negative spillover might damage economic development, undermine political stability, or fray the social fabric of communities.


  • In partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, the Wilson Center has developed a framework to improve predictive capabilities for the security risks posed by a changing climate. Through private and public convenings with key analysts and decision-makers from across relevant U.S. government agencies and additional related organizations, the project has explored different country and regional case studies to better understand the compound risks posed by climate change and identify entry points for action.

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  • 50 years, $400 billion, and a global pandemic later – water, sanitation and hygiene define a moment in human history. WASH Within Reach is a series on the global status of universal access to water, sanitation, and hygiene produced through a collaboration between Circle of Blue and the Wilson Center.

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