Stanford researchers come together to discuss the environment and security


An artwork titled "Between Earth and Clouds" by Nigerian artist Bright Ugochukwu Eke, displayed as part of the "DON'T/PANIC" exhibition on climate change at the Durban Art Gallery. November 2011.
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On January 17, Stanford CISAC and the Woods Institute for the Environment co-sponsored a daylong conference that examined the relationship between security and the environment.

The event brought together political scientists, physicists, historians, biologists and others from across the university, and focused on how climate change might affect political stability, the role of international agreements in protecting the environment, food security and freshwater, ocean and other resource conflicts.

The goal of the event, said CISAC Co-director Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, was to start a dialogue about the potential relationships between security and the environment, with the expectation that it would lead to future research projects and collaborations, and ultimately to policy recommendations.

In addition to Cuéllar, participants included Woods Co-directors Jeffrey R. Koseff and Barton H. Thompson, David HollowayKatherine D. Marvel, Kenneth A. Schultz, David LobellKaitlin Shilling, Meg Caldwell, Lynn EdenToshihiro Higuchi and Walter P. Falcon.