On Tuesday, November 14th, ASP partnered with the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) and the University of Iowa’s International Programs and Public Policy Center and the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies to host “Climate Security as National Security: Climate Change and the Hawkeye State.” Moderated by Jessica Olcott Yllemo, ASP’s Director of Climate Security Programs, the public panel discussion featuring insights and observations from three esteemed panelists: Vice Admiral Michael Franken, US Navy (Ret); Dr. Sara Mitchell, Professor of Political Science and Senior Research Fellow – Politics and Policy Research Program at the University of Iowa; and Mr. Rob Hogg, Esq., former Iowa State Senator, Board Member of the Iowa Chapter of Interfaith Power & Light and author of “America’s Climate Century: What Climate Change Means for America in the 21st Century and What Americans Can Do About It.”
The discussion covered a broad range of climate security issues, including the bipartisan history of climate security actions in the U.S., geopolitical implications, food security, and the impacts to the U.S. military. Panelists also highlighted existing research on how climate can act as a “threat multiplier” and fuel conflict, as well as how climate and resilience are relevant to Iowans.
A recording of the entire discussion is available here: