A Changing World: The National Security Implications of Global Climate Change
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It is evident that climate change will endanger the security of countries around the globe. This change will be non-linear and difficult to predict and respond to, as climate change is a complex phenomenon. Its effects could lead to the destabilization of weak and failing states by causing political, social, and economic instability and vulnerability. These consequences, however, will not be limited to merely weak states, but will affect both developed and developing countries alike. In order to mitigate these and other potential ramifications we must act now by developing plans for a way forward. In this paper I address several questions: 1. When did climate change evolve into a national security issue? 2. What are the environmental consequences of climate change in various parts of the world? 3. What are the security impacts of climate change throughout the world? 4. Will conflict arise as a result of climate change? 5. How will different regions be affected (both environmentally and in terms of security)? 6. How will the U.S. military be impacted? 7. What is the way forward? In response to these questions I will articulate my thesis: Global climate change is occurring and regions throughout the world will experience varying environmental as well as security impacts. Whether conflict occurs as a result is unclear, as it is highly dependent on country and region-specific factors. How each country or region responds to or deals with these impacts will depend heavily on their vulnerability, instability, and adaptive capacity.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2010
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