Food Security

Environmental Security

Shortages of food can lead to conflict and instability around the globe. Stimson experts examine ways that the supply of- and access to- food impacts the political, social, and economic landscape and identifies innovative solutions to address those challenges.


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Current Research

November 10, 2015 | EXPERT: Johanna Mendelson Forman

Expo Milan, a World’s Fair whose central theme was feeding the planet, officially closed its doors on Oct. 31, after six months that saw 20 million visitors pass through this once swampy area on the outskirts of the city’s industrial center. READ MORE

May 8, 2015

The Stimson Center was honored to host a discussion with His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang on the environmental challenges facing the Himalayan regions of India, Bhutan, and Nepal, and his efforts to further resilient adaptations in partnership with local communities. READ MORE

April 22, 2015 | EXPERT: Johanna Mendelson Forman

Food security as a policy issue has evolved to reflect the dynamism of global events. The increasing attention paid to food’s impact on poverty, humanitarian crises, conflicts and climate change all suggest that food security is a national security concern.  READ MORE

April 7, 2015 | EXPERT: David Michel

The Stimson Center’s Bridging the Divide: Transboundary Science & Policy Interaction in the Indus Basin is the ambitious outcome of Stimson’s Indus Basin Science Policy Visiting Fellows project and the collaborative work of two exceptional researchers, Dr. Muhammad Jehanzeb Masud Cheema from the University of Faisalabad in Pakistan and Dr. Prakashkiran Pawar of The Energy and Resources Institute in India. READ MORE

July 11, 2014

As the political conflict continues in South Sudan, feuding sides have yet to realize that impending famine could disarm them both. While governments throughout the Middle East and Africa loudly devolve, a much quieter implosion threatens the future stability of this already war-torn country. READ MORE

June 10, 2013 | EXTERNAL: Robert Fathke

The rapid replacement of traditional food animal production schemes with industrialized systems throughout much of the developing world has serious implications for global health. READ MORE

June 10, 2013 | EXPERT: Nancy Langer

Jean Ziegler, the United Nations special rapporteur for the right to food, recently raised blood pressures by dubbing biofuels "a crime against humanity". READ MORE

June 10, 2013 | EXPERT: Gordon Adams

Budget discipline notwithstanding, elected officials have strong incentives to support wasteful or unnecessary spending as long as it takes place in their states and districts. READ MORE

March 22, 2013 | EXTERNAL: Chhith Sam Ath , EXTERNAL: Danny Marks

Since the beginning of 2011, the Rivers Coalition in Cambodia (RCC), led by the NGO Forum on Cambodia, has worked ceaselessly to demand the cancellation of Xayaburi Dam. READ MORE

November 13, 2012 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

Johan Bergenas spoke at a conference titled E3DS Summit (energy, environment, economics, defense and securit), co-presented by IHS and Dynamixx, on global and regional security and development challenges and the role that innovative partnerships can play. READ MORE

August 24, 2012 | EXPERT: David Michel

The Indian Ocean is rapidly emerging as an essential crossroads of the global market and a key focus of international politics. READ MORE

August 9, 2012

The World Bank has blacklisted the Pöyry Group, which has faced criticism on its research into the Xayaburi hydro dam project. READ MORE

July 17, 2012 | EXPERT: David Michel

This spotlight highlights Chapter 8, "Environmental Pressures in the Indian Ocean," in the newly-published Indian Ocean Rising: Maritime Security and Policy Challenges. READ MORE

July 17, 2012

The Indian Ocean represents an increasingly significant avenue for global trade and an arena for global security. Growing prosperity in Asia; increasing dependence on natural-resource flows linking producers and consumers across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia; and globalized supply chains and distribution networks are knitting the region ever more closely together by sea. READ MORE

June 14, 2012

Geetha de Silva, Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Sri Lanka, addresses terrorism and poverty in South Asia. READ MORE

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