Climate change is inextricably linked to national security.
The effects of climate change – drought, severe storms, flooding, reduced agricultural activity – will present serious problems to countries around the world. In particular, climate change will undermine stability in certain “hot spots,” exacerbating underlying tensions that already exist.
ASP’s Policy Brief, “The Arab Spring and World Food Prices,” details this link.
The Arab Spring represents merely one example of what climate change may look like in the future. Climate change can undermine states with existing tensions and fragile social contracts.
Andrew Holland explains the connection between rising world food prices due to climate change, and the spark that set off The Arab Spring.