Natural Security Strategies

Environmental Security

Natural Security Strategies

Environmental crime, which costs the global economy up to $258 billion annually, is the fourth largest illicit market, and is a major threat to U.S. national security and interests around the world. Through research, analysis, and action-oriented programming, the Natural Security Forum works to firmly integrate environmental challenges into the U.S. national security agenda, as well as global security strategies. The Natural Security team amplifies and strengthens its efforts by building partnerships across the conservation and security communities to transform the narrative around environmental crime and its national and international security ramifications. The Natural Security project fosters the creation of a new and expanding community of natural security experts across the public and private sectors to create and advocate for an approach to combating environmental crime that leverages resources and expertise from the conservation and security communities alike.  


Research and Analysis

February 26, 2018 | EXPERT: Amanda Shaver , EXPERT: Sally Yozell

Illegal fishing. Yes, Fishing. This growing international problem is a key factor in geopolitical tensions in the South China Sea, piracy off the Horn of Africa, and the deadly narco-trade across Latin America.

February 5, 2018 | EXPERT: Amanda Shaver , EXPERT: Brian Eyler , EXPERT: Sally Yozell

On September 14-15, 2017, The Stimson Center in partnership with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) co-chaired a U.S. State Department funded U.S.-ASEAN Conference on Marine Environmental Issues.

February 1, 2018 | EXPERT: Amanda Shaver , EXPERT: Sally Yozell

The world’s fisheries are on the brink of collapse. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO) estimates that nearly 90 percent are fully exploited or overexploited and depleted, while demand for seafood continues to increase.

January 30, 2018 | EXPERT: Sally Yozell

In September 2017, the Stimson Center, the U.S. National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO), National Geographic, and the Waitt Foundation hosted a meeting of 100 experts on illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Attendees represented entities across the U.S.

July 14, 2017 | EXPERT: Amanda Shaver , EXPERT: Yun Sun

Beijing’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) have released a comprehensive plan for maritime economic development and cooperation across the globe.

April 12, 2017 | EXPERT: Amanda Shaver , EXPERT: Emma Myers

Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping for the first time. While the two agree on the need to strengthen cooperation between the U.S. and China, there are several agenda items that are likely to become contentious, not least of which is North Korea.
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