The National Security Implications of Climate Change and Food Security

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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.

Join the Center for American Progress on June 21, 2016, to discuss potential U.S. policy responses that address these pressing issues. The event will draw 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.”

Introduction:
Former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD), Chairman, Center for American Progress; Founder and CEO, The Daschle Group

Remarks:
Jon White, retired Rear Admiral, Navy, Coast Guard; President and CEO, Consortium for Ocean Leadership

Panelists:
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

Moderated by:
Max Hoffman, Associate Director, National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress

Location

Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC , 20005

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