Climate Security: The Next 'Battle Ground'?

June 17, 2015 - 10:00 am

1030 15th Street, NW, 12th Floor (West Tower)
Washington, DC
Climate Security: The Next 'Battle Ground'?

Introduced by:
H.E. David O'Sullivan
Ambassador of the European Union to the United States

Keynote remarks by:
H.E. Gérard Araud 
Ambassador of France to the United States

A discussion with:
The Hon. Sharon Burke
Senior Advisor, International Security Program
New America Foundation

Tom Burke
Founding Director and Chairman
E3G, Third Generation Environmentalism

Major General Munir Muniruzzaman (Ret.)
Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change

Dennis Tänzler 
Director, International Climate Policy 

Moderated by:   
Dan Chiu 
Deputy Director, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security 
Atlantic Council

Welcome remarks by:
The Hon. Richard Morningstar
Founding Director, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council

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As the international community heads to COP21 in Paris this December, much of the public discourse focuses on the relationship between climate and the environment.  Equally important, however, are the ways countries address the global security threats that arise from climate change.  From a national security perspective, climate change is viewed as a risk multiplier or conflict aggravator and a source of nontraditional threats that require nontraditional responses.  What local and global actions can be taken to reduce the stresses climate change has on economic, social, and political systems? How can security planners and actors address the threat of climate change on international security? What are the dangers of inaction and could an international climate regime contribute to reducing instability and conflict risks?

In honor of the European Union's (EU) Climate Diplomacy Day, please join the Atlantic Council and the EU on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for a discussion exploring the critical dynamic between climate change and global security. An introduction will be delivered by H.E. David O'Sullivan, the Ambassador of the EU to the United States and keynote remarks will be provided by H.E. Gerard Araud, the Ambassador of France to the United States. Panelists include The Hon. Sharon Burke, Senior Adviser to the New America Foundation's International Security Program, Tom Burke, Founding Director and Chairman of E3G, Third Generation Environmentalism, Major General Munir Muniruzzaman (Ret.), Chairman of the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change (GMACCC) and President and CEO of the Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS), and Dennis Tänzler, Director of International Climate Policy at Adelphi.  The discussion will be moderated by Dan Chiu, Deputy Director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council.  Welcome remarks will be provided by The Hon. Richard Morningstar, Founding Director of the Atlantic Council's Global Energy Center.

Light refreshments will be served. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
1030 15th Street NW 
12th Floor (West Tower Elevators)

Follow the conversation on Twitter at #ClimateDiploDay and @ACenergycenter

This event is open to the press and on the record.