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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

October 5, 2016 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

By Johan Bergenas:

September 13, 2016 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

At the State Department's "Our Ocean" conference this week, environmentalists need to engage with the security community.

September 13, 2016 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

Today, the Stimson Center is releasing a number of major products, including an updated version of our Secure Oceans report, a new

May 14, 2016 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

Big things are happening in the world of wildlife preservation.

May 9, 2016 | EXPERT: Ariella Knight , EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

In 2010, governments around the world agreed to protect 10 percent of the world’s oceans by 2020.

April 27, 2016 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

The Stimson Center is bridging the divide between environmental crime, global security, and smart technology. The Center’s research and analysis is driving policy conversations in the U.S.

December 7, 2015 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

“I’m sorry, but I don’t care if Dumbo takes one to the head,” said one senior European law enforcement official to a colleague at an international meeting on transnational organized crime earlier this year. 

April 20, 2015 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

How to avoid a war with China over seafood­—and take a bite in world poverty.

April 17, 2015 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

Poaching has a long history in the United States and abroad, with armed conflicts dating back to the 

February 19, 2015 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

The Vikings conquered the high seas to plunder and pillage. The British established their empire by dominating the oceans. And in the past 40 years, the United States Navy helped usher in a new era of unprecedented trade and global connectivity by safeguarding major sea routes.

February 10, 2015 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

One year ago President Obama released a strategy for combating wildlife trafficking. Managing Across Boundaries Deputy Director Johan Bergenas discusses how Stimson has answered the president’s call through an innovative project to combat poaching in East Africa.

February 6, 2015 | EXPERT: Ariella Knight , EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

For decades, politicians have left the responsibility to protect the world’s natural resources to environmental organizations and aid agencies.

September 24, 2014

Last night at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting, Secretary Hillary Clinton revealed a number of new Commitments to Action.

May 8, 2014 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

Last month, amid nonstop coverage of the Ukrainian crisis and an onslaught of domestic U.S. issues, the New York Times published an editorial urging the U.S. Congress to pass legislation to comply with international obligations on illegal fishing. Why did the editorial board think this issue warranted ink? 

February 14, 2014 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

This week, the White House released its National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking.
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