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CCIS PROGRAMME: Climate Change and International Security

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Cooperation / Partnerships

NATO - (ESAG Record)

Since 2007 IES has developed relations with NATO in both its political and civilian aspects, working closely with Dr. Jamie Shea, Director of Policy Planning. After a meeting in April 2009 with the Director of NATO's International Military Staff, IES was asked to contribute input for the New Strategic Concept, to be adopted by the Alliance in 2010. To that end, it participates in the 'Multiple Futures' discussions led by NATO's Strategic Command Taskforce.

Dutch Armed Forces

Via its headquarters in The Hague, IES is involved in consultations on "The Future of the Dutch Armed Forces 2030", in which climate change induced scarcity of water, food and energy as well as the direct impacts of climate change are considered to be major factors.

US Department of Energy - (ESAG Record)

The IES is a partner in the "Global Energy and Environmental Strategic Ecosystem" (Global-EESE), a new international, collaborative network designed to identify emergent energy and environmental security risks. The other main partners ORAN are the US Department of Energy (DOE), the US State Department, The Scottish Government, Oakridge Associated Universities (ORAU) and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL).

IES Fellow Dr. Chad Briggs has been leading an international assessment team on behalf of DOE, tasked with translating high-impact, unknown probability risks of abrupt climate change to the security field.

In April 2009, Dr Briggs participated in the "Energy and Environment Strategic Foresight Laboratory" in Washington, DC, sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and US Department of State. The meeting, attended by 100 scientists, military officers and government officials from 25 countries, was an interactive workshop designed to explore new connections between systemic energy and environmental security risks.

The initial assessment framework, presented to the International Studies Association in February 2009 and to the American Geophysical Union in June will lead to carrying out regional impact assessments in co-operation with IES and other partners.

OSCE (ESAG Record)

In 2007 IES Director, Ronald A. Kingham and several other IES staff and associates assisted the OSCE in the development of its Environment and Security Strategy. This was adopted in the form of The Madrid Declaration on Environment and Security at the 15th OSCE Ministerial Council in Madrid in November 2007. The Declaration adopted by the 56 OSCE States calls for intensified cooperation in the area of environment and security in the OSCE region.

IES continues to work with the OSCE and other members of the Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC) on environmental security issues including climate change and international security. In May 2009, IES Fellow Chad Briggs, delivered a speech: "Risks of climate-induced migration apply to both industrialised and developing countries" at the OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum in Athens. IES will also play a similar role at the OSCE conference on Climate Change and Security in Bucharest in October 2009.

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