August 08, 2008

Center for a New American Security Hosted International Climate Change War Game

WASHINGTON, DC, August 8, 2008 - The Center for a New American Security (CNAS), along with a Climate Change Consortium of ten partner organizations, hosted an international climate change war game from July 27 through July 30, 2008.  This exercise used war gaming and scenario planning techniques to assess the potential threats and responses to global climate change. The war game brought together dignitaries from across the globe to develop strategies for dealing with the national security consequences of global climate change.  Particular focus areas were migration, mitigation, resource scarcity and disaster response. The exercise focused on four of the world’s major economies: the United States, the European Union, China, and India. Results from the war game will be published in a CNAS report due out in November 2008.

The Honorable John Podesta, CEO of Center for American Progress, served as the United Nations Secretary General for the game. Keynote addresses were made by the Honorable Carol Browner, former head of the EPA and current Principal of The Albright Group, LLC, General Chuck Wald, USAF (Ret), Vice President of International Programs at L-3 Communication, Peter Schwartz, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Global Business Network, Dr. R.K. Pachauri, Director General of The Energy and Resource Institute and Chairman of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and Diana Farrell, director of the McKinsey Global Institute. Video, audio and transcripts are available on our website.

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is an independent and nonpartisan research institution that develops strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies that promote and protect American interests and values. CNAS leads efforts to help inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow.