Strauss Distinguished Scholar Joshua Busby gave an interview on the PBS segment, In Niger, Rising Temperatures Mean Barren Fields, but Fertile Ground for Terrorism, where he discussed the impact of climate change on fragile states. The segment itself focused on how the Sahel region in Africa is already facing immediate risks from climate change. There are more frequent and prolonged droughts as well as flash flooding which makes farming harder in a predominately agricultural area. In the segment, Busby says that climate change undermines economic development and that fragile governments are ill-equipped to deal with these hazards. Throughout the Sahel, there are high risks of humanitarian emergencies and extended or renewed conflict because many of the are heavily reliant on agriculture, have a recent history of violence, and have institutions that are not fully inclusive. In the face of droughts, storms or other climate hazards, Sahel countries are likely to struggle with conflict resolution and addressing humanitarian emergencies.

In their newly released Policy Summary: The Nexus of Fragility and Climate Risks published by USAID, Director of the Strauss Center’s State Fragility Initiative Ashley Moran, Strauss Distinguished Scholar Joshua Busby, Strauss Senior Fellow Clionadh Raleigh, and their colleagues present policy recommendations to address compound risks that arise when states experience fragility and climate risks simultaneously.

Similar to the Strauss Center’s interdisciplinary Brumley Program, the Strauss Center is pleased to announce the launch of its Cybersecurity Fellows Program for graduate students across the University of Texas community.

Deputy Director of National Intelligence, Susan Gordon, delivered keynote remarks at last week’s Intelligence Studies Project spring symposium: “Intelligence in Transition.” In a follow-up article for the Washington Post, national security reporter and fellow symposium participant, Ellen Nakashima, quoted Gordon’s remarks and complimented her candor.

In a recently released research brief, CEPSA Researcher and Strauss Distinguished Scholar, Dr. Joshua Busby and his team discuss climate change vulnerability in South and Southeast Asia. CEPSA Research Brief No. 12, titled “Climate Security Vulnerability in Asia V2”, presents the updated findings of the Asian Climate Security Vulnerability model version 2 (ACSV V2), an attempt to map sub-national climate security vulnerability in 11 countries in South and Southeast Asia. South Asian countries include Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Southeast Asian countries include Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.