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Climate Change—The Biggest US Security Threat?

While framing climate change as a national security threat isn’t new, recent reports argue when it comes to security planning, climate is the central concern, not a peripheral issue.
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About the Episode

Last week, US intelligence and defense agencies released reports warning that a warming climate is a fundamental threat to US national security through raising geopolitical tensions, increasing instability, and driving mass migration. The Center for Climate and Security’s Erin Sikorsky and the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft’s Anatol Lieven join Deep Dish to examine what a climate-focused US national security and defense strategy might look like and how to balance other competing threats.

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About the Experts
Senior Research Fellow on Russia and Europe, Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft
Anatol Lieven
Anatol Lieven is senior research fellow on Russia and Europe at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. He is author of multiple books, including "Climate Change and the Nation State."
Anatol Lieven
Director of The Center for Climate and Security and Director of The International Military Council on Climate and Security
Erin Sikorsky
Erin Sikorsky is Director of the Center for Climate and Security (CCS), and the International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS). Previously, Erin served as Deputy Director of the Strategic Futures Group on the National Intelligence Council (NIC) in the US, where she led the US intelligence community’s environmental and climate security analysis.
Erin Sikorsky
Vice President, Studies
Council expert Brian Hanson
Brian Hanson is the Vice President of Studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He oversees the Council's research operations and hosts the Council's weekly podcast, Deep Dish on Global Affairs.
Council expert Brian Hanson

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