David Michel

Nonresident Fellow
  • Environmental Security

David Michel is a nonresident fellow of the Environmental Security program. His work explores emerging governance challenges and security risks posed by global environmental change.

Michel has written widely on transboundary water resources management, maritime policy, the international impacts and implications of global warming, and on the possibilities for collective institutions to address environmental problems. He has advised the National Intelligence Council and the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy and State on environmental security and climate policy issues. He frequently lectures on environmental security at universities in the U.S. and abroad, and has consulted with NGOs participating in the international climate negotiations process.

Prior to joining Stimson in 2008, Michel served as senior associate with the Center for Transatlantic Relations at The Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, where he developed and led the Transatlantic Dialogue on Climate Change program.

Michel holds a B.A. in political science from Yale University, an M.A. in social sciences from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and did his doctoral studies at The Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.

Selected Publications

Conflict Basins: Powderkegs to Peacepipes (coauthor, SAIS Review of International Affairs) - with Ricky Passarelli

Sea Change: Evolving Maritime Geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific Region (coeditor, Stimson 2014) - with Ricky Passarelli

The Climate Wars are Already Here (coauthor, Foreign Policy, 2014) - with Ricky Passarelli

The Rise of Hydro-Diplomacy: Strengthening Foreign Policy for Transboundary Waters (contributing author, adelphi/German Federal Foreign Office, 2014).

Dust Storms Cloud Iran’s Future (US Institute of Peace, 2014)

Iran's Environment: Greater Threat than Foreign Foes (US Institute of Peace, 2013)

Connecting the Drops: An Indus Basin Roadmap for Cross-Border Water Research, Data Sharing, and Policy Coordination (Indus Basin Working Group, 2013).

The Arab Spring and Climate Change (contributing author, Stimson Center/Center for American Progress/Center for Climate & Security, 2013).

Water Challenges and Cooperative Response in the Middle East and North Africa (coauthor, Brookings, 2012).

Indian Ocean Rising: Maritime Security and Policy Challenges (coeditor, Stimson, 2012) - with Russell Sticklor.

Scientific, Intellectual, and Governance Cooperation on Emerging Environmental Challenges in the Muslim World (coauthor, Brookings, 2010).

Coastal Zones and Climate Change (coeditor, Stimson, 2010) - with Amit Pandya.

Indian Climate Policy: Choices and Challenges (coeditor, Stimson, 2009) - with Amit Pandya.

Troubled Waters: Climate Change, Hydropolitics, and Transboundary Resources (coeditor, Stimson, 2009) - with Amit Pandya.

"Foxes, Hedgehogs, and Greenhouse Governance: Knowledge, Uncertainty, and International Policymaking in a Warming World" (Applied Energy, 2009).

"EU Enlargement and the Global Environment" (The Strategic Implications of EU Enlargement, Washington, DC: Center for Transatlantic Relations, 2005).

Climate Policy for the 21st Century: Meeting the Long-Term Challenge of Global Warming (Washington, DC: Center for Transatlantic Relations, 2004).

"Climate Change, The Rights of Future Generations, and Intergenerational Equity" (Climate Change and Its Linkages with Development, Equity, and Sustainability, Geneva: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change/World Meteorological Organization, 2000) - with I. Mintzer.

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