On June 21, the Center for American Progress will host a panel discussion on The National Security Implications of Climate Change and Food Security. The event drew upon current policy debates in the United States, as well as lessons learned from the November 2015 policy decision-making exercise, “Food Chain Reaction: A Global Food Security Game.”
U.S. policy communities are increasingly identifying climate change, environmental deterioration, water management, and food security as key concerns for national security and global governance. The interplay between these trends was visible during the upheavals across the Middle East, as food riots and water disputes illuminated the region’s extreme food insecurity. In the five years before the uprising in Syria, for example, the country experienced one of the worst droughts on record—decimating wheat production and wiping out livestock. There is little question that the effects of climate change will cause more extreme weather events and crop insecurities in the decades to come, and it is reasonable to expect that the secondary and tertiary effects will be magnified with time.
Jon White, retired Rear Admiral, Navy, Coast Guard; President and CEO, Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Nancy Stetson, U.S. Special Representative for Global Food Security, U.S. Department of State
Richard Leach, President and CEO, World Food Program USA
Sharon Burke, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy, U.S. Department of Defense; Senior Advisor, New America
Max Hoffman, Associate Director, National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress