The intersection of climate change, human migration, and conflict presents a unique challenge for U.S. foreign policy in the 21st century. 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.
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Panetta: ‘Climate Change Has a Dramatic Impact on National Security’ Article

Panetta: ‘Climate Change Has a Dramatic Impact on National Security’

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta expressed concern about the defense and development impacts of climate change at a recent Environmental Defense Fund event, writes Arpita Bhattacharyya.

Arpita Bhattacharyya

Interactive Map: Foreign Aid Interactive

Interactive Map: Foreign Aid

John Norris looks at U.S. foreign assistance spending for the past fiscal year and whether it was wisely appropriated.

John Norris

Climate Change, Migration, and Conflict Report

Climate Change, Migration, and Conflict

Growing evidence of links between climate change, migration, and conflict raise plenty of reasons for concern and it’s time to start thinking about new answers to these multifaceted crisis scenarios, write Michael Werz and Laura Conley.

Michael Werz, Laura Conley

The Arc Of Tension Interactive
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The Arc Of Tension

This series of maps illustrates the overlapping challenges of climate, migration, and security in northwestern Africa.

Climate Is a Security Issue Article
A young Papua New Guinean girl, who is believed to have contracted malaria, sleeps on the front porch of her bayside shack. Scientists report that malaria will begin spreading to new areas as the climate warms. (AP/David Longstreath)

Climate Is a Security Issue

Recent Defense Department reports show that the agency is not yet speaking with one voice on climate security like it should be, writes Laura Conley.

Laura Conley

Climate Change on the Move Report
African immigrants are given drinks inside a hospital tent in Los Cristianos on the Canary island of Tenerife, Spain. The Spanish government set up operations in African countries to discourage migration to Spain, which could intensify with climate change's effects. (AP/Arturo Rodriguez)

Climate Change on the Move

The United States should use a sustainable security framework to deal with the challenges climate migration poses, write Michael Werz and Kari Manlove.

Michael Werz, Kari Manlove

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