Environment

Environment

FSI scholars approach their research on the environment from regulatory, economic and societal angles. The Center on Food Security and the Environment weighs the connection between climate change and agriculture; the impact of biofuel expansion on land and food supply; how to increase crop yields without expanding agricultural lands; and the trends in aquaculture. FSE’s research spans the globe – from the potential of smallholder irrigation to reduce hunger and improve development in sub-Saharan Africa to the devastation of drought on Iowa farms. David Lobell, a senior fellow at FSI and a recipient of a MacArthur “genius” grant, has looked at the impacts of increasing wheat and corn crops in Africa, South Asia, Mexico and the United States; and has studied the effects of extreme heat on the world’s staple crops.

Recent Other Publications

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A Silk Road for the Twenty-First Century?

November 2016

In an analysis piece for CSIS, Shorenstein APARC Distinguished Fellow Thomas Fingar examines the geopolitical, economic and developmental considerations of Xi Jinping's call for China and the...

Testimony before the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, U.S. House of Representatives

April 2013

CISAC Affiliate Rodney Ewing, Chairman of the U.S.

Climate and Social Stress: Implications for Security Analysis

November 2012

SummaryClimate change can reasonably be expected to increase the frequency and intensity of a variety of potentially disruptive environmental events-slowly at first, but then more quickly.

Congress Could Deal Death Blow to American Scientific Exceptionalism

June 2012

Next year's proposed cuts in federal funding for scientific research and development could be as high as 8 percent, seriously impacting research in agriculture, energy and medicine.

2012 winners of The William J. Perry Prize and the Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

June 2012

Stephen Craig: "Tamed Tiger or Restless Beast?

The Flawed Logic of Striking Iran

January 2012

Matthew Kroenig's argument for preventive military action to combat Tehran's nuclear program -- "Time to Attack Iran" (January/February 2012) -- suffers from three problems.

Examining Iranian And North Korean Nuclear Threats

January 2012

The nuclear weapons news of late has been alarming.

Technology Can Nudge Climate Change Politics

October 2011

Reducing carbon-dioxide emissions is primarily a political problem, rather than a technological one.

No Need to Reset the Reset

September 2011

Russia watchers in the West cannot be surprised that Vladimir Putin is on his way back to the Russian presidency.

Debt Default Exceptionally Un-American

July 2011

Conservatives Would Turn Our History and Our Future on Its Head ---- We cannot know exactly how disastrous the failure of Congress to increase the debt ceiling would be to the global financial...

Quadrennial Defense Review Report

February 2010

The Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) is a legislatively-mandated review of Department of Defense (DoD) strategy and priorities.

Reframing Nuclear De-Alert: Decreasing the Operational Readiness of U.S. and Russian Arsenals

December 2009

Executive Summary of Report Nearly twenty years after the end of the Cold War, Russia and the United States continue to maintain hundreds of nuclear weapons capable of striking the other side, and...

Managing Global Insecurity: A Plan for Action

September 2008

The 21st century will be defined by security threats unconstrained by borders--from climate change, nuclear proliferation, and terrorism to conflict, poverty, disease, and economic instability.

Security in a World with Expanding Nuclear Power

August 2008

Nuclear energy is a clean and relatively economical source of electricity, generating nearly one-sixth of the world’s electricity today.

Hearing of the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development

April 2008

In his testimony, Dr. Hecker comments on the National Nuclear Security Administration's Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation programs and 2009 budget request.

Running Aground: The Hidden Environmental and Regulatory Implications of Homeland Security

May 2007

In this issue brief, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar examines a little-noticed way in which the burgeoning focus on homeland security since the attacks of 9-11 has affected domestic regulatory policy....

Five- and Ten-Year Homeland Security Goals

January 2007

Testimony before the Homeland Security Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee on "Five- and Ten-Year Homeland Security Goals." In the afternoon session on 30 January 2007, the...

Learning about World Religions in Public Schools: The Impact on Student Attitudes and Community Acceptance in Modesto, Calif.

December 2006

Since 2000, the Modesto City school district in Modesto, Calif., has been engaged in one of the nation's most direct experiments in using the public school curriculum to promote respect for...

Iraq Study Group Report, The

December 2006

The Iraq Study Group, convened at the urging of Congress with White House agreement, made a forward-looking, independent assessment of the current and prospective situation on the ground in Iraq...

Harmony and Disharmony: Exploiting al-Qa'ida's Organizational Vulnerabilities

February 2006

This study, conducted by the faculty and research fellows of the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point, serves multiple purposes, the most important of which is contributing to the depth...

Torturer's Dilemma: The Math on Fire with Fire, The

January 2006

You burst into the room. Sitting on a chair, blindfolded, his hands tied behind his back, is your prisoner. The room is dark, except for a lonely naked bulb hanging from the ceiling.

Censoring Science Won't Make Us Any Safer

June 2005

In 1920, the Irish Republican Army reportedly considered a terrifying new weapon: typhoid-contaminated milk.

Real Putin, The

July 2003

Who is Vladimir Putin?

How to Look Credible in Promoting Liberty

June 2003

George W. Bush wants Americans and the world to believe that the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime two months ago represented a defeat for tyranny and a victory for liberty.

People

Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Paul Edwards Paul N. Edwards William J. Perry Fellow
Barbara van Schewick Associate Professor, Law
Francois Diaz-Maurin François Diaz-Maurin Visiting Scholar
Jack Blaisdell Jack Blaisdell CISAC Honors Student
Paul Kapur Affiliate
David Clark David L. Clark Affiliate
Robert Weiner Robert Weiner Affiliate
Philip Taubman Adjunct Professor
Charles Perrow Visiting Scholar (in residence December-April)
Paul Jackson Paul J. Jackson Affiliate