Natural Disasters

Environmental Security

Natural disasters cause damage to property, livelihoods, and the economy. Stimson experts examine innovative catastrophe response strategies with local, state, and private sector actors.

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Current Research

May 10, 2019

Featured News Food Crisis Threat Lingers Post-Cyclone Idai READ MORE

April 8, 2019

Cyclone Idai Highlights Climate Change Vulnerability READ MORE

March 8, 2019 | EXPERT: Akriti Vasudeva , EXPERT: Jason Li , EXPERT: Pamela Kennedy , EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

In 2004, Australia, India, Japan, and the U.S. worked together to respond to the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami. In 2007, these four countries formed the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue – the Quad – seeking to deepen their cooperation, only to disband after a year. READ MORE

May 23, 2018 | EXPERT: Amanda Shaver , EXPERT: Lindsay Getschel , EXPERT: Sally Yozell

Urban coastal centers are facing unprecedented social, economic and structural risks due to the impacts of climate change. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

April 23, 2015 | EXPERT: David Michel

As the world celebrates Earth Day today, the links between environmental concerns and global security challenges are sharper than ever. READ MORE

January 9, 2015

In September, monsoon rains engulfed India and Pakistan, causing floods that killed hundreds and washed away thousands of homes. During this humanitarian crisis, the governments of India and Pakistan did not cooperate on disaster relief. It remains possible, however, for both countries to become partners during humanitarian crises, paving the way for long-lasting, durable patterns of cooperation. READ MORE

September 8, 2014

The recent Napa earthquake highlights just how far we’ve come with disaster-proofing cities. But while luckily there were no fatalities, one overlooked issue remains: widespread gas and water main breaks. READ MORE

March 17, 2011 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

By Yuki Tatsumi - The Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (higashi nihon dai shinsai) that hit Japan on March 11 was the greatest natural disaster in Japan's recorded history.  At the time of this writing, the northeastern and eastern parts of Japan's main island (Honshu READ MORE

September 5, 2008 | EXPERT: Ellen Laipson , EXTERNAL: Jesper Gronvall , EXPERT: Julie E. Fischer

The Stimson Center, in collaboration with the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, explored how current information and intelligence systems support homeland security officials in the United States and the European Union with the release of the report, New Information and Intellgence N READ MORE

May 9, 2008

By Richard Cronin - Tragedies brought about by natural disasters sometimes become powerful forces for change in countries marked by political strife and repression. READ MORE

February 15, 2007

By Richard Cronin - Record flooding in Jakarta, Indonesia and historically low levels of water in the Mekong River in Southeast Asia reflect two sides of the same coin - the abuse of nature in pursuit of development. READ MORE

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