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Climate and Security Podcast
31 minutes | May 31, 2019
The Climate and Security Podcast Episode 15: Jamie Shea, NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges
In this episode host Dr. Sweta Chakraborty talks to Jamie Shea, Secretary General of the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges at NATO. Jamie discusses how climate change is happening faster than initially predicted and what this acceleration means for global security. He describes the tensions between climate change mitigation and adaptation in terms of resource allocation and prioritization, and how both must occur simultaneously. Jamie provides global security policy insight that only someone who has had a 39-year long career at NATO can provide. Enjoy this informative and unique global perspective from Jamie Shea!
21 minutes | May 14, 2019
The Climate and Security Podcast Episode 14: A Conversation with Dr. Nicolas Regaud, Special Representative to the Indo-Pacific at the French Ministry of Armed Forces
In this episode host Dr. Sweta Chakraborty talks to Dr. Nicolas Regaud, Special Representative to the Indo-Pacific of the Director General for International relations and Strategy at the French Ministry of Armed Forces. Nicolas explains the French point of view on the importance of acting efficiently on climate change, given that there are French nationals and territories all over the world and in areas especially vulnerable to the impacts of a warming planet. The French military plays a critical role in safeguarding its global citizens, neighbors and critical infrastructure against the impacts of climate change; as well as in providing maritime security in close partnership with regional allies. Listen to this episode to learn more about French defense activities globally and in the key warming-affected region of the Indo-Pacific.
21 minutes | Apr 30, 2019
The Climate and Security Podcast Episode 13: Louise Van Schaik, Project Manager of the Planetary Security Initiative
In this episode host Dr. Sweta Chakraborty talks to Louise Van Schaik, Head of the Clingendael International Sustainability Centre at the Clingendael Institute and Senior Member of the Executive Committee of the International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS). Louise discusses the relationship between climate change, security and migration from a European perspective. She describes the evolution of the Planetary Security Initiative and how it works to reduce and reverse security risks associated with climate change. She emphasizes the importance of identifying and undertaking climate adaptation actions for the purpose of conflict prevention and peace building efforts. Check out the incredible examples Louise provides in this episode!
21 minutes | Apr 14, 2019
The Climate and Security Podcast Episode 12: A Conversation with Tom Middendorp, Former Chief of Defense of the Netherlands
In this episode, host Dr. Sweta Chakraborty talks to General Tom Middendorp, Chair of the International Military Council on Climate and Security and former Chief of Defence of the Netherlands. Tom talks about being a commander in southern Afghanistan and how even after driving out the Taliban, conflict persisted because the real issue was disputes over the division of water. Tom describes firsthand experiences from across twenty missions on how climate change and human impacts can amplify war and negate best efforts at peacekeeping. He discusses the importance of cooperation across aid workers, diplomats, policymakers, military coalitions and other stakeholders to pursue stability at a global scale. Tom emphasizes the role defense communities can play in terms of offering opportunities to visionaries to develop ideas such as an innovation that extracts water out of dry, desert air. Hear from this unique Dutch perspective on overcoming the challenges at the nexus of climate and security!
28 minutes | Mar 31, 2019
The Climate and Security Podcast Episode 11: A Conversation with Dr. Marcus King, Environmental Security Expert
In this episode host Dr. Sweta Chakraborty talks to Dr. Marcus King, John O Rankin Associate Professor, and Director of the Master of Arts in International Affairs Program at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs; as well as Senior Fellow and member of the Advisory Board at the Center for Climate and Security. Sweta asks Marcus to define environmental security, which he describes as the study of conflicts related to a lack or abundance in natural resources, particularly as it relates to impacts associated with climate change. Droughts and water scarcity impacts are especially salient on the world stage, and Marcus highlights his case studies in increasingly vulnerable places in the Middle East and North Africa (e.g., Syria, Nigeria, Yemen) which are ripe for future humanitarian crises, interstate conflicts, and mass migrations. Listen to Marcus describe the nuances between environmental migrants versus climate refugees and how these already vulnerable populations are prime recruitment targets for terrorist groups such as Boko Haram. This is an eye-opening episode!
31 minutes | Mar 15, 2019
The Climate and Security Podcast Episode 10: A Conversation with Michael Lowder, Dept. of Transport
In this episode host Dr. Sweta Chakraborty talks to Michael Lowder, principal at Michael W. Lowder and Global Associates as well as the Fmr. Dir. of the Office of Intelligence, Security, and Emergency Response for the U.S. Dept. of Transport, Fmr. Deputy Dir. of the Response Division for FEMA, as well as a former special agent as part of a 47 year career in civil service! Michael explains the meaning of critical infrastructure and its role in security, economic security, and public health and safety. He explains how climate impacts like sea level rise have direct impacts on portions of the infrastructure such as through inundation of roadways, railroads and airports. The ripple effects are vast, and knowing and adapting accordingly will be vital for preserving a thriving society. Tune in to learn critical information pertaining to our collective security and well being!
31 minutes | Feb 28, 2019
The Climate and Security Podcast Episode 9: A Conversation with Rear Admiral Jonathan White, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
In this episode, Rear Admiral Jon White (Ret.), President and CEO of the Ocean Leadership Consortium and member of the Center for Climate and Security’s Advisory Board, talks to host Dr. Sweta Chakraborty about his 32-year career in the U.S. Navy and his acute understanding and knowledge of the oceans. Since his retirement, Jon’s made it a point to apply his knowledge to inform short term and long term decisions to address how oceans warming impact the rest of the planet. His extensive knowledge on climate change impacts (e.g., sea level rise, coral bleaching, depleting and changing aquatic ecosystems) and manmade pollution (e.g., toxin and nutrient infusion into waters resulting in red tides) informs his work across all government and at all levels. This episode features all of this as well how the military has predictive and gaming capabilities that can ultimately help to mitigate threats and amplify necessary awareness and communications to the public. Don’t miss this one!
32 minutes | Feb 14, 2019
The Climate and Security Podcast Episode 8: A Conversation with Michael Wu, Policy Fellow with The Center for Climate and Security and Principal at Converge Strategies
In this episode, Michael Wu, Policy Fellow at The Center for Climate and Security and Principal of Converge Strategies, talks about the security of the electric grid and its history. He discusses how the risk of long-term, widespread power outages is increasing as threats from natural disasters and adversaries increase. These threats mutually reinforce each other in that natural disasters make impacted areas more vulnerable to nefarious attacks. He explains what electricity disruptions mean for the Department of Defense mission completion as well as implications for our daily lives. Tune in to this informative discussion!
27 minutes | Jan 31, 2019
The Climate and Security Podcast Episode 7: A Conversation with CCS Member, Joan D. B. VanDervort
In this episode, host Dr. Sweta Chakraborty asks Joan about how climate change impacts military readiness and training. Joan pulls from her extensive career in the Department of Defense (DoD) to explain how training is the cornerstone of readiness. Climate factors, like intense rainfall impacts on infrastructure and increased heat causing trainee and soldier hospitalizations, pose serious risks to training and ultimately to the ability to successfully carry out missions. Sweta and Joan also discuss how the DoD tracks the migration of diseases as well as the health of military personnel going into combat. Tune into this episode for insights into military readiness that can only come from decades of experience as a civil servant.
33 minutes | Jan 14, 2019
The Climate and Security Podcast Episode 6: The “Godmother of Climate and Security”: Sherri Goodman
In this episode, host Dr. Sweta Chakraborty talks to the “Godmother of Climate and Security,” Sherri Goodman. Sweta asks Sherri about the Arctic, which is changing faster than any other place on earth! Sherri explains how the Arctic is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the planet--destabilizing infrastructure and resulting in a new ocean. She describes climate change is a “threat multiplier” (a term she coined!) in that it amplifies the impacts to various aspects of our lives, from the food we eat to the water we drink and to where we choose to live. This is an episode not to be missed!
28 minutes | Dec 31, 2018
The Climate and Security Podcast Episode 5: A Conversation with Francesco Femia and Caitlin Werrell
In this episode, host Dr. Sweta Chakraborty talks to the CEOs of The Council on Strategic Risks and Co-Founders of the Center for Climate and Security: Francesco Femia and Caitlin Werrell. Sweta asks Caitlin and Frank what inspired them to launch their institute, and the answer is eye opening! They discuss a future where stresses on natural resources have the potential to influence geopolitics and increase the likelihood of mass atrocities against ethnic minorities and other vulnerable groups, as has happened in the past. They also discuss a “Responsibility to Prepare,” driven by a combination of unprecedented risks and unprecedented foresight - a core principle underpinning the Council’s work.
25 minutes | Dec 14, 2018
The Climate and Security Podcast Episode 4: A Conversation with Christine Parthemore
In this episode, host Dr. Sweta Chakraborty talks to Christine Parthemore, Dir. of the Climate-Nuclear-Security Program at The Council on Strategic Risks. Sweta asks Christine about the largely unknown, but significant, and long-shared history of climate and nuclear issues. In particular, U.S. and Russian nuclear weapon development and data collected since the Cold War accelerated the understanding of the human impacts on the atmosphere. Sweta and Christine discuss how nuclear and climate issues are converging today, and how we can think about this confluence of threats. Christine also shares her incredible work in removing and destroying chemical weapons from Syria as well as how weapons of mass destruction are classified and governed.
29 minutes | Nov 30, 2018
The Climate and Security Podcast Episode 3: A Conversation with Brigadier General Gerald Galloway, USA (Ret)
In this episode of The Climate and Security Podcast, host Dr. Sweta Chakraborty talks to General Gerald “Gerry” Galloway, USA (Ret) about the delicate relationship between “natural” and “national” security, how lessons and solutions from the Mississippi River Basin can inform the Mekong Delta and vice versa, examples of nation-wide community reliance, solar power for dams, and so much more!
40 minutes | Nov 14, 2018
The Climate and Security Podcast Episode 2: Admiral Ann Phillips and the Changing Climate
In this episode of the Climate and Security Podcast, Dr. Sweta Chakraborty talks to Rear Admiral Ann Phillips (Ret.) on the very real, but existential threat that is climate change. While most people don’t think about it day to day, residents of Hampton Roads, VA know all too well what climate change looks like in their community and what it could mean for communities worldwide.
40 minutes | Oct 31, 2018
The Climate and Security Podcast Episode 1: A Conversation with CCS Director, John Conger
In this episode of The Climate and Security Podcast, host Dr. Chakraborty talks to the Honorable John Conger about how the Dept. of Defense (DoD) considers climate change’s impacts on current and future military missions, as well as its role as a “threat multiplier.” Viewers will hear about how multi-billion dollar budgets fall short of the enterprise-wide need of a trillion+ in installation related costs from the unique perspective of a former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment, and Principal Deputy Comptroller at the DoD. The video version can be viewed at: https://climateandsecurity.org/podcast/
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