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Energy & Environmental Risks: Defining Security and Vulnerability

Washington, D.C., 27-28 April 2009
29 April 2009

Energy & Environmental Risks: Defining Security and Vulnerability - ImageOn April 27-28, IES Fellow Chad 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.

Chad gave the opening presentation on ?Energy & Environmental Risks: Defining Security and Vulnerability?, in cooperation with David Robson, Head of Energy and Environmental Foresight for the Scottish Government. The presentation introduced participants to the Global Energy and Environmental Strategic Ecosystem (Global-EESE <www.globaleese.org>), a new international, collaborative network designed to identify emergent energy and environmental security risks. Dr. 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. The initial assessment framework, presented to the International Studies Association (www.isanet.org) in February and to the American Geophysical Union in June (http://www.agu.org/meetings/chapman/2009/ccall/), will turn to carrying out regional impact assessments in cooperation with IES and other partners.

Environmental security, abrupt climate change and strategic intelligence

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