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Biological threats: why the US is 'dangerously vulnerable'

September 27, 2017

Abstract: The threat of biological catastrophes-- stemming from natural, accidental or intentional causes-- looms ever larger as populations urbanize, global temperatures rise, and the access to...

Knowledge infrastructures under siege: environmental data systems as memory, truce, and target

September 18, 2017

Abstract: This talk examines the history of environmental data systems in the context of the Trump administration’s assault on environmental science.

Solving Climate Change: 2017

September 12, 2017

Abstract: We live in a world where the risks from a changing climate are clear. New research highlights the magnitude of the risks and the benefits of rapid, ambitious action.

What next for climate? Assessing the risks and the options

May 8, 2017

Abstract: Over decades, assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and many others has bolstered understanding of the climate problem: unequivocal warming, pervasive impacts, and...

How low-carbon technologies will improve our climate, health, and national security and stabilize the world's economies

April 20, 2017

Abstract: In 2015 nations agreed to the Sustainable Development Goals, including ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity for all.

Quantifying the influence of global warming on the probability of historically unprecedented extreme climate events

March 31, 2017

Abstract: Effective climate risk management requires robust quantification of the probability of different kinds of hazards, such as heat waves, droughts, floods, and severe storms.

Can changes in climate cause conflict?

January 24, 2017

Abstract: A growing body of empirical evidence indicates that changes in climate are associated with increases in human violence.  I review new and recent evidence on this topic, using data ranging...

The Global Infectious Disease Threat and Dual use Pathogens

October 27, 2016

Abstract: The Federal response to dual use pathogens is being actively debated. We are at a critical juncture between free science exploration and government policy. Should science be regulated?

(Not so) natural disasters: Challenges and Opportunities for science

October 4, 2016

Abstract: The term "natural disasters" diminishes the key role that the human context plays in turning a natural event into a disaster.

Knowledge Infrastructures for a Changing Planet: the past, present, and future of relations between climate science and nuclear weapons research

May 2, 2016

Abstract: Nuclear war and climate change present the two most serious threats to global security since World War II.

Climate Change, Sustainability and International Security

April 14, 2015

Abstract:  The industrial and agricultural revolutions have profoundly transformed the world.

Crossing the Isotherm: Climate Uncertainty, Snow, and Security in a Warming World

January 12, 2015

Abstract: Snow is a vital resource for people and ecosystems.

Global Health Impacts of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident

October 1, 2012

This study quantifies worldwide health effects of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident on 11 March 2011.

Advanced Energy Technologies: Prospects and Challenges for Developing Countries

June 4, 2012

Dramatic improvements and cost reductions in renewable energy technologies have occurred over the past decade and even greater improvements are expected in the years to come.

Global Nuclear Security Governance Building through the Nuclear Security Summit Meeting

January 18, 2012

About the topic: Given the increased threat of nuclear terrorism by non-state actors, current global mechanisms addressing nuclear security have revealed serious limitations.

How Will Climate Change Affect Civil Conflict Risk: Identifying and Understanding the Mechanisms

April 14, 2011

About the Speaker: Kaitlin Shilling has spent most of her career working in the non-governmental sector in post-crisis development.

Escaping the 'Half-pipe of Doom:' Is the IPCC Model Transferable to Issues of Safety and Security of Biotechnology?

May 13, 2010

Exponential advances in the life sciences, particularly in the realm of biotechnology, have been held to raise the classic concerns of "dual-use" research: the same technologies that propel...

Markets, Information, and the Spreading of Risks: The Economic Meltdown and Organizational Theory

April 1, 2010

AbstractSocial science interpretations of the meltdown emphasize system characteristics such as complexity and coupling, and/or culture as in neo-institutional theories.  Examining regulatory...

Nuclear Power Without Nuclear Proliferation?

October 29, 2009

The global nuclear order is changing.

Big Organizations and Climate Change: The Rubber Hits The Road And The Smell Is Awful

April 16, 2009

Charles Perrow is an emeritus professor of sociology at Yale University and a visiting professor at CISAC in the winter and spring terms.

Book Launch: Power and Responsibility: Building International Order in an Era of Transnational Threats

March 17, 2009

On March 17 the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies will host a book launch event for Power and Responsibility: Building International Order in an Era of Transnational Threats.

Physics for Presidents and Other World Leaders

March 4, 2009

Although we recognize that our world leaders need to know the difference between Shiite and Sunni, we often assume that they don't need to understand the difference between a plutonium bomb and a...

Main Issues Related to Nuclear Energy Expansion Around the World

February 25, 2009

Abstract: The expected increasing world energy demand makes it necessary for us to seriously and urgently study the questions of global warming due to greenhouse gas effect emissions and the...

The Dynamics of Change in Global Energy Systems

April 2, 2008

The world’s energy infrastructure stands on the brink of a major revolution.


Paul N. Edwards William J. Perry Fellow