International Climate Security: The Threat Multiplier

Professor Malcolm Chalmers and Jamie Kwong explain how national security strategies consider climate change as a threat multiplier.

No conversation about climate security is complete without considering it in an international context. But how seriously are defence ministries and militaries taking climate security? How are national defence and security strategy reports characterising the implications of climate change? What does the loss of Artic sea ice bode for national and commercial interests? Learn why embedding climate change in national defence strategies is vital to preserving climate security.


Recording dates: 11 Dec 2018 / 29 Jan 2019


Professor Malcolm Chalmers

Professor Malcolm Chalmers is Deputy Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). His research focuses on UK defence, foreign and security policy. His publications included studies on: Brexit and European security; the UK’s Modernising Defence Programme review; and future nuclear threats to the UK. Malcolm is an Adviser to Parliament’s Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy and was a member of the consultative panel for both the 2010 and 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Reviews.

Jamie Kwong

Jamie Kwong is a Marshall Scholar pursuing her PhD in War Studies at King's College London, where her research focuses on public engagement with nuclear weapons issues. She recently served as a Research Assistant in the Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme at RUSI working on projects related to nuclear stability.


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