Who We Are
New Security Beat is the blog of the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program, with contributions from the Maternal Health Initiative, China Environment Forum, Urban Sustainability Laboratory, and Global Sustainability and Resilience Program.
Since 1994, the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) has actively pursued the connections between the environment, health, population, development, conflict, and security. ECSP brings together scholars, policymakers, media, and practitioners through events, research, publications, multimedia content, and our award-winning blog.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs.
Roger-Mark De Souza // Director
Schuyler Null // Editor
Meaghan Parker // Supervising Editor
Sean Peoples // Media Editor
Kate Diamond // Social Media Manager
Geoff Dabelko // Senior Advisor
Sandeep Bathala // Contributing Editor
Lauren Herzer // Contributing Editor
Katrina Braxton // Writer
Benjamin Dills // Writer
Paris Achenbach // Intern
Donald Borenstein // Intern
Richard Cincotta // Global Fellow
Siqi Han // Intern
Moses Jackson // Intern
Michael Kugelman // Asia Program
Elizabeth Leahy Madsen // Writer
Laurie Mazur // Writer
Kathleen Mogelgaard // Writer
Xiupei Liang // Intern
Susan Chan Shifflett // China Environment Forum
ECSP currently has three primary topical focus areas:
Integrated Development: Health, Environment, Livelihoods, Population, and Security (HELPS – a project funded by the USAID Office of Population and Reproductive Health): The world’s poor face a complex set of interconnected development challenges. Global population dynamics such as urbanization, youth bulges, and migration can affect political stability and conflict dynamics. ECSP serves as a forum for presenting new research and debating practical policy options on population-health-environment connections and demographic security in developing countries.
Environment, Conflict, and Security: Natural resources are increasingly factors in conflict outcomes and the security of states. Climate change is expected to act as a threat multiplier in many security contexts. Yet environmental interdependence is proving a powerful incentive for cooperation and peacebuilding. ECSP works with policymakers, practitioners, and scholars to debate new research and develop policy responses in environmental, diplomatic, development, and security realms.
Water: Changes in water availability pose fundamental challenges to health, development, and stability of communities and states. ECSP programs and publications focus on water’s potential to spur conflict and cooperation, its social and economic value, and its relationship to health and disease.
ECSP is supported by grants from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) – under the Health, Environment, Livelihoods, Population, and Security (HELPS) Project and the Resources for Peace Project (RFPP) – and the United Nations Foundation.
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