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[ 169 ] policymaker’s library • select books published in 2008 Climatic Cataclysm: The Foreign Policy and National Security Implications of Climate Change Kurt M. Campbell, ed. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2008 • 237 pp. The result of a collaborative effort of experts on climate science, foreign policy, political science, oceanography, history, and national security, this book examines the risk that climate change could pose to global peace and security. main argument Based on climate models and scientific analysis, this book’s group of experts developed a range of future scenarios for a world affected by climate change. These scenarios use the timeframe of a national security planner: 30 years, which is the time it takes to deliver major military platforms from the drawing board to the battlefield. Derived from these possible future worlds are a series of security and foreign policy implications of global climate change: increasing migration, resource scarcity, pressing health and public service demands on governments, nuclear proliferation challenges, and worldwide political disequilibrium. policy implications • If not dealtwithproactively,climatechange maycometorepresentaforeign policy and national security problem as great as or greater than any of the other challenges the nation faces, from violent extremism to winning the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Global climate change will almost certainly exacerbate most of these other security challenges. • Despite the pressing and profound nature of the crisis, there is still time for the U.S. and the international community to plan a response that prevents, mitigates, and—where possible—adapts to climate change. ...

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ISSN
1559-2960
Print ISSN
1559-0968
Pages
p. 169
Launched on MUSE
2011-03-30
Open Access
No
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