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Climate Change and Global Security: Challenges, Threats, and Diplomatic Opportunities

Jul 21, 2009
2:30pm to 4:00pm ET

419 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC

The Center for a New American Security's Vice President for Natural Security Sharon E. Burke testified on July 21, 2009 at a Senate hearing on climate change and global security. The hearing was called by Senator John Kerry, D-MA, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

At the hearing, Burke – along with other expert witnesses – evaluated how global climate change presents a serious national security threat and what U.S. strategy should be. Burke is the Vice President of Natural Security and the author of the CNAS working paper Natural Security, which investigates emerging natural resources challenges in six key areas of consumption and consequences.

The working paper is available online here.

The Natural Security program blog is available here.


The Honorable John Warner 
Former U.S. Senator

Vice Admiral Lee F. Gunn, USN (Ret.) 
President, American Security Project

Sharon Burke 
Vice President, Center for a New American Security

Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, USN (Ret.) 
Member, Center for Naval Analysis Advisory Board