From “War on the Rocks:” CLIMATE CHANGE AS AN UNCONVENTIONAL SECURITY RISK

From “War on the Rocks:” CLIMATE CHANGE AS AN UNCONVENTIONAL SECURITY RISK

By Cullen Hendrix; Submitted by Prof. Barak Mendelsohn

As security threats go, climate change is not the wolf at the door, threatening to blow the house down. Rather, it is thousands of termites whose individual impacts are small and hard to see, but whose collective impact is potentially just as catastrophic. Because of the complex nature of these threats, climate change does not fit neatly into conventional security paradigms for risk mitigation or neutralization. This implies the traditional toolkit for addressing security threats will need to be augmented by a more inclusive approach to conceptualizing national security threats and the agencies tasked with addressing them…

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