There is little question that climate change has become entrenched as a “national security” issue. The Obama Administration has proclaimed climate change to be a present and future threat to the security of the United States. Two different National Security Strategies articulate the case for environmental forces creating security challenges domestically in the U.S. and […]
Articles Tagged: Climate and National Security
The late journalist H L Mencken once wrote that the whole aim of practical politics is to menace the populace with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of which are imaginary. Several decades later, the former Librarian of the Library of Congress, Daniel Boorstin, wrote that more and more illusions dominate our lives and that […]
In this new Policy Outlook, Institute President Jeff Kueter considers claims that climate change will result in conflict. Recently the State and Defense Departments have reiterated their belief that environmental factors can precipitate armed conflict and the IPCC 5th Assessment Report endorses this view. Drawing on his 2012 study of the issue, Kueter evaluates the claims and […]
The United States faces many security challenges in the months and years ahead – environmentally induced conflict ranks low amongst them.
Increasingly, it has become common to assert that environmental change brought on by rising temperatures caused by humanity’s industrial activities and lifestyle choices will negatively impact U.S. national security interests. A new paper by Institute CEO William O’Keefe examines the basis for these claims. In Climate Change and National Security: Are They Linked?, O’Keefe examines the […]