ASP to Co-Host Conference, Launch Outreach Campaign on the National Security Implications of Climate Change

posted by selena shilad on September 8, 2009 at 5:36 pm

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Selena Shilad
sshilad@americansecurityproject.org
Amy Pond
apond@americansecurityproject.org

On Thursday, September 10th, beginning at 8:15 a.m. EST, the American Security Project (ASP) and George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs will co-host a conference titled “The Day Before: A Conference on the National Security Implications of Climate Change” with key military and public leaders, including Jim Woolsey, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), General Lester L. Lyles, USAF (Ret.), Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, USN (Ret.), Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Dr. Michael Oppenheimer, Princeton University, Dr. Charles Glaser, Founding Director, GW’s Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, Dr. Adil Najam, Director, Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, Ms. Ladeene Freimuth, and ASP Senior Fellow Dr. Bernard Finel. 

ASP will discuss implications of their new comprehensive report, the “Climate Security Index,” and discuss details of a new public education and advertisement campaign designed to highlight the dire effects of global warming on our national security and global stability, including how food shortages, scarcity of resources and mass migration will impact the stability of countries and how these changes have already begun to contribute to increases in global conflict and terrorism.

WHAT:  “The Day Before: A Conference on the National Security Implications of Climate Change.”

 WHEN:  Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009; 8:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  

SCHEDULE:                                     

8:15 – 8:45 a.m. – Registration
8:45 – 9:00 a.m. – Welcoming Remarks by General Lester L. Lyles, USAF (Ret.)
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. – Opening Remarks by Jim Woolsey, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Panel Discussion (Details below)
10:30 – 11:20 a.m. – Remarks by Dr. Michael Oppenheimer, Director, Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy, Princeton University
11:30 – 12:30 p.m. – Remarks by Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.)

PANELISTS: 

Dr. Charles Glaser, Founding Director, GW’s Institute for Security and Conflict Studies
Dr. Adil Najam, Director, Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future; professor of international relations and geography, Boston University
Ms. Ladeene Freimuth, Founder, Freimuth Group, LLC
Dr. Bernard Finel, Senior Fellow, American Security Project
Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, USN (Ret.) 
 
WHERE:  The George Washington University

Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Orange and Blue lines)

RSVP:  This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. RSVP to rsvpesia@gwu.edu. Media are welcome and should RSVP to Nick Massella at 202-994-3087 or massella@gwu.edu.

BACKGROUND:

The American Security Project (ASP) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy research and education initiative dedicated to fostering knowledge and understanding of a range of national security and foreign policy issues. It is organized around the belief that honest public discussion of national security requires an informed citizenry—one that understands the dangers and opportunities of the twenty-first century and the spectrum of available responses. ASP was formed to help Americans—from opinion leaders to the general public—understand how national security issues relate directly to them, and to explain challenges and threats in a way that spurs constructive action.

The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs is one of the world’s leading schools of international affairs. Its mission is to educate the next generation of international leaders, conduct research that advances understanding of important global issues, and engage the policy community in the United States and around the world.

Located just steps from the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and the U.S. Federal Reserve, the Elliott School’s Institute for International Economic Policy (IIEP) supports high-quality research that addresses critical issues surrounding the emerging global economy. Current research includes climate change adaptation in developing countries, the global financial crisis and prospects for recovery, economics of ultra-poverty, China-U.S. economic relations, herd behavior in financial markets, and the free trade/fair trade debate.

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2 Responses to ASP to Co-Host Conference, Launch Outreach Campaign on the National Security Implications of Climate Change

  1. Andrew says:

    Good event — thanks for hosting. Sen. Kerry was strong, and I thought Dr Najam’s speech was particularly worthwhile. In his presentation he said that climate change is a security problem, but it doesn’t have a security solution. He said: “you can’t shoot carbon”. I thought that was a new view, and worth the contribution to the debate.

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