Global Climate Security Series: Hosted by Arizona State University

The Global Security Initiative (GSI) at Arizona State University (ASU) is hosting this free five-part webinar series to facilitate an international dialogue about the global security implications of climate risk. Climate risks have the potential to affect every natural and social system, harming populations, disrupting economic systems, and contributing directly or indirectly to conflicts within and across jurisdictional borders.

The Global Climate Security webinar series is convening global thought leaders to seek pathways to improve responses to these destabilizing impacts.

Join the webinars and engage in the conversations. Download a description about the mission and vision of the series.

The Global Climate Security Series Topics

Peace, Conflict and the Scale of the Climate Risk Landscape

August 25, 2015 | 1:15 pm to 2:45 pm EDT

September - Climate Risk Reduction at the National and Sub-National Scale


October - Decision Making and Climate Security for Business


November - Climate Security and the 4Ds of Defense


December - Global Governance in the Face Group of Non-Traditional Risks


Supporting Organizations:
Center for Climate and Security NCSE David Rockefeller Fund PISA Citizen's Climate Lobby Consortium for Ocean Leadership
National Security Network PSFG Union of Concerned Scientists Wilson Woodrow Center The Center for Climate Strategies Philanthropy New York

Global Climate Security Series Overview

Despite the comprehensive nature of climate impacts, responses from governments and civil society are not consistently commensurate to its risk profile. Governments, intergovernmental organizations, business leaders, financial institutions and nongovernmental organizations need to account for the broad array of climate risks and allow that broader risk assessment to better inform their responses. This will require an enhanced ability to predict, address and adjust to climate-related impacts on security before and as they materialize. The series is convening international policy makers, researchers and decision makers to examine threats and unmet needs geographically and by sector, with an eye toward better application of existing decision processes and identification of new analytical and social research needs.

  • Peace, Conflict
  • Climate Risk
  • Business Risk
  • 4Ds of Defense
  • Global Governance

Peace, Conflict and the Scale of the Climate Risk Landscape

August 25, 2015
1:15 pm to 2:45 pm EDT

Peace, Conflict, and the Scale of Climate Risk Landscape from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo.

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

Participants heard from experts from the national intelligence and climate impact communities who addressed the scale of the risks.  The opening webinar set up for the rest of the webinars, which address how to respond in four areas (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.

Meet the Panelists:

Nadya BlissModerator: Dr. Nadya T. Bliss is the Director of GSI at Arizona State University and was the founding Group Leader of MIT's Lincoln Laboratory's Computing and Analytics Group. GSI serves as ASU's university-wide hub focusing on addressing emerging global challenges characterized by complex interdependencies often presenting conflicting objectives, such as cyber security and digital identity, mitigation and adaptation to climate change impacts, and human security, all of which require multi-disciplinary research and cross-mission collaboration among the defense, development and diplomacy communities.

Christine ParthemoreChristine Parthemore is a Senior Research and Policy Fellow at the Center for Climate and Security, where she focuses on climate change issues related to global health security and nuclear energy. In 2015 she became the director for climate and food security at the Center for American Progress and founded CLP Global, LLC to provide advice and research on international affairs to NGOs and government clients. She served as the Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs in the U.S. Department of Defense from 2011 to 2015. In that capacity, she advised and assisted in managing more than $3 billion per year in research and development, acquisition, treaty compliance, and international partnership programs. She managed major projects focused on the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions, including a multi-year effort contributing to the international mission to remove and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons. Since 2010, she has also served as an Adjunct Professor in the Global Security Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., where she designed and teaches a graduate course in Energy and Environmental Security. Prior to joining the Department of Defense, Parthemore was a fellow at the Center for a New American Security and an assistant to journalist Bob Woodward. She has testified before Congress, and lectured at universities in the United States, Vietnam, and China. Her academic background lies in international political economy and unconventional threats/nonproliferation, with degrees from The Ohio State University and Georgetown.

Joshua BusbyDr. Joshua Busby is an Associate Professor of Public Affairs at UT Austin, a fellow in the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service and principal investigator on a new Minerva Initiative-funded research project on Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia (CEPSA). Josh is also the Crook Distinguished Scholar at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law where he serves as a lead researcher in the Strauss Center project on Climate Change and African Political Stability and the author of several studies on climate change, national security, and energy policy for the Council on Foreign Relations, the Brookings Institution, the German Marshall Fund, and the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). He has also written on U.S.-China relations on climate change for CNAS and Resources for the Future.

Marc LevyDr. Marc Levy is Deputy Director of the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), a unit of Columbia University's Earth Institute. He teaches environmental security courses in Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, directs a new educational initiative on Environment, Peace and Security and is a founding member of the Environmental Peacebuilding Academy. He is a political scientist specializing in the human dimensions of global change, known for his work on environmental security, global environmental governance, and sustainable development metrics. His research has been supported by a number of agencies, including the National Science Foundation, U.S. Agency for International Development, and NASA. He has provided expert testimony to the US Congress, was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee "Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on Social and Political Stresses," and was a Lead Author on the IPCC AR5 chapter on Human Security. He is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Data Driven Development.

Climate Security and the 4Ds of Defense

Date: TBD

Disaster risk reduction, development, diplomacy and defense communities have increasingly identified climate as a risk – and not just in the long term. For example, in the U.S. Department of Defense’s 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, the Pentagon states that climate risk “poses immediate risks to national security.” This session will explore what these communities actually will need to do to address these risks beyond acknowledging them.

Climate Risk Reduction at the National and Sub-National Scale

Date: TBD

This webinar will focus on localities or “hot spots” where there exists a convergence of climate vulnerability, state fragility and/or strategic significance, and where advanced preparation based on decision support would lead to more resilient decision making. In the climate context, sub-national governance is the front line of risk mitigation. Governments, businesses and civil society actors that operate on this scale, in each of these key regions of the world, will need to find ways of connecting information about climate risks to solution pathways that will increase resilience, security and economic vitality.

Global Governance in the Face Group of Non-Traditional Risks

Date: TBD

World order rests on a nation-state system stabilized by a web of intergovernmental institutions. Climate risk, by presenting fundamental resource challenges to those nation states, will also place strains on intergovernmental institutions, and global governance in general. This webinar will explore how global governance will be affected by climate, as well as how the institutions of global governance can react to climate risk in a way that will strengthen resilience, and enhance cooperation in the international system.

Decision Making and Climate Security for Business

Date: TBD

Independent of government planning and preparedness for resiliency, business has decisions to make in terms of infrastructure and supply chain dependability. The first is a local issue, but the second is a global one, especially for international companies. Concerns are likely different depending on location and the inputs to development of goods and services. The focus of this webinar is how business can incorporate climate risks assessments and resiliency into its planning and investments in its supply chain, workforce, business processes and infrastructure.