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Joshua Busby
Climate Change and Security: What Do We Know?
Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 03:30pm - 05:00pm
Mershon Center for International Security Studies
1501 Neil Avenue, Room 120
Columbus, Ohio 43201

Joshua Busby

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Joshua Busby is an Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin. He is a Distinguished Scholar at the Strauss Center for International Security and Law and a non-resident fellow with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He has published widely on transnational advocacy movements, climate change, global health, and other topics for various think tanks and academic journals including International Security, International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, and Perspectives on Politics.

His first book, Moral Movements and Foreign Policy, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010. His second book, AIDS Drugs for All: Social Movements and Market Transformations with Ethan Kapstein, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013 and won the 2014 Don K. Price Award (the APSA award for the best book on science, technology, and environmental politics). He was a leading researcher on the Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) project, a $7.5 million grant from the Department of Defense under its Minerva Initiative. He is the principal investigator under the Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia (CEPSA) project, a $2 million project also funded by the Minerva Initiative.


While the modern literature on environmental security dates back to the late 1980s, the study of climate change and security began in the mid 2000s. After nearly fifteen years of study, what do we know about the links between climate change and security? Answering this question requires a conceptual understanding of what we mean by security, dis-aggregating the many processes affected by climate change, and the causal pathways between climate and security outcomes. Present at the creation of this new field,  Busby draws on his own research and the wider research findings to discuss where we are, where this literature is headed, and what might be done to address the real security consequences associated with climate change.


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