September 10, 2008

Dr. Joshua Busby Joins Center for a New American Security

WASHINGTON, DC, September 10, 2008 — The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Joshua Busby has joined CNAS as a non-resident fellow.  Busby, a contributing author to the recent CNAS report A Strategy for American Power: Energy, Climate, and National Security, will focus on climate change as a national security issue.

With his formative publication for the Council on Foreign Relations, Climate Change and National Security: An Agenda for Action, Busby has been a leading voice in a new field of national security studies. Busby has written on the climate security connection for the Brookings Institution and the UN's High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, among other institutions. He also has a forthcoming piece on climate change and U.S. National Security that will appear in the next issue of Security Studies. Busby is an Assistant Professor of Public Affairs and a fellow with the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service as well as the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law.  Prior to coming to the University of Texas, Busby was a research fellow at the Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School (2005-2006), the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s JFK School (2004-2005), and the Foreign Policy Studies program at the Brookings Institution (2003-2004). He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Georgetown University.

He is currently writing a book entitled States of Grace: Moral Movements and Foreign Policy. In this book, Busby seeks to explain why some countries are willing to take on new international commitments championed by principled advocacy groups and others are not. Substantively, he explores the politics of climate change, developing country debt relief, HIV/AIDS, and the International Criminal Court in selected country cases in the advanced industrialized world. He has also written extensively on transatlantic relations, both in international security and the climate change arena, and his research interests include U.S. grand strategy, energy security, and the foreign policy of advanced industrialized countries.

Busby is a Term Member in the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. His works have appeared or will appear in Perspectives on Politics (forthcoming), Security Studies (forthcoming), International Studies Quarterly, Current History, and Problems of Post-Communism, among other publications. He also has a regional interest in Latin America, having served in the Peace Corps in Ecuador (1997-1999), worked in Nicaragua (Summer 1994, Spring 1996), and consulted for the Inter-American Development Bank (2000). Prior to working with the Peace Corps, he was a Marshall Scholar at the University of East Anglia (Norwich, England), where he completed a second B.A. (with Honors) in Development Studies (1993-1995). He completed his first B.A. (with Highest Distinction) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Political Science and Biology.