Washington, D.C. — On April 18 the Center for American Progress will host an event to discuss the new report, "Climate Change, Migration, and Conflict in Northwest Africa: Rising Dangers and Policy Options Across the Arc," which finds that the intersection of climate change, human migration, and conflict in Northwest Africa presents a unique challenge for U.S. foreign policy in the 21st Century. This paper, to be released at this event, will outline an “arc of tension” that links Nigeria, Niger, Algeria, and Morocco and illustrates the combined stresses of climate change with existing migratory routes and instability.
These three factors are already beginning to combine in ways that undermine traditional understandings of national security and demand a rethink of traditional divisions between diplomacy; defense; and economic, social, and environmental development policy abroad. Addressing this nexus—of climate change, migration, and conflict—will be a core challenge of this century. As the number of migrants, driven in part by environmental degradation, continues to grow, the adaptive capacity of states worldwide will be strained and new security gaps will appear in which nonstate actors have the potential to flourish. Addressing this challenge will require understanding, preparation, and new models of regional cooperation.
Please join the Center for American Progress for this event to discuss the findings of the new report, "Climate Change, Migration, and Conflict in Northwest Africa: Rising Dangers and Policy Options Across the Arc of Tension," and welcome a panel of experts in conversation about these closely related issues and the path forward to a new, 21st century policy approach to these pressing problems.
Senator Tom Daschle, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Dr. Katherine Batten, Global Climate Change Coordinator, USAID
Sherri Goodman, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Center for Naval Analyses; Executive Director, CNA Military Advisory Board
Michael Werz, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Marcus D. King, Associate Research Professor of International Affairs and Associate Director of Research, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Space is extremely limited. RSVP required.
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and not guaranteed.
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