Fast ThinkingOct 22, 2021
FAST THINKING: Why climate change will wreak havoc on national security
By Atlantic Council
The White House, Pentagon, Department of Homeland Security, and Office of the Director of National Intelligence agree: Climate change poses a serious security threat. Here's what our experts say it really means.
Peter Engelke is a deputy director and senior fellow within the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security as well as a nonresident senior fellow with the Global Energy Center. His diverse work portfolio at the Center’s Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative spans global and regional futures, innovation and technological disruption, geopolitics, climate change and natural resources, and urbanization among other topics. Dr. Engelke has managed numerous projects on these subjects, resulting in a lengthy list of Atlantic Council publications. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, the Hill, the National Interest, Citiscope, Meeting of the Minds, the World Economic Forum’s Agenda platform, and other outlets. Dr. Engelke’s professional experience includes stints at other think tanks and foundations in Europe and the United States, including as an Executive-in-Residence at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, a Bosch Fellow with the Robert Bosch Foundation in Stuttgart, Germany, and a Visiting Fellow at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC. His most recent co-authored book, The Great Acceleration, is a global environmental history from 1945 to 2016. His first, Health and Community Design, was penned while he was on the research faculty at Georgia Tech and is a study of public health and urban form. Dr. Engelke holds a Ph.D. in history from Georgetown University and has master’s degrees from Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, the University of Maryland, and Indiana University. He currently is on the adjunct faculty at Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies.