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Climate Change and Its Impact on Regional Security in Latin America

March 8, 2023
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM

How will the unprecedented changes to climate, and the economic transitions required to stave off the worst effects of climate change, affect regional and international security dynamics? Physical scientists have been informing us for many decades now that human-induced climate change is a severe threat to the planet and our ability to live on it. Scholars have only more recently begun to grapple seriously with the implications of changing climate on issues of international and regional security. Climate change is a global phenomenon, but its effects on security will play out in different ways around the globe. Regional perspectives are therefore crucial to understanding these issues.  We aim to facilitate a dialogue and to begin to build a global community of interdisciplinary scholars, experts, policy-makers, and activists working to understand how climate change will affect regional security dynamics. 

Centro de Extensión PUCV (Antonio Bellet 314, Providencia)

Opening Remarks
Climate change now and the way ahead
Jack Snyder, Professor of International Relations, Columbia University

Session One
Scientific and political dialogue on climate change on Latin America
Chair: Page Fortna / Columbia University

Susana Beatriz Adamo (via Zoom) / Columbia Climate School, Columbia University, “Vulnerability and climate variability in Latin America; migration and demographic change”

Walter Baethgen (via Zoom) / Columbia Climate School, Columbia University, Assessing the Risks of Climate Change for Latin America

Juan Carlos Jobet / Former Minister for Energy, Green energy transition & its implications for Latin America

Francisco Javier Meza / Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Tendencies and projections on climate change.

Session Two 
Climate change: risks and threats to regional security
Chair: Jack Snyder / Columbia University

Michael Gort / Ambassador of Canada to Chile, Canada: climate change security impacts

Commander Andrea H. Cameron (via Zoom) / US Naval War College, Climate change as security variable

Josh D. Fisher / Columbia Climate School, Columbia University, Climate Change as a Risk Multiplier for Intranational and Transboundary Destabilization

Gonzalo Muñoz Abogabir / UN High Level Climate Action Champion for COP25 – Chile, Climate change and State resilience

Session Three
Green Defense, Climate Change and Sovereignty
Chair: John Griffiths / Athenalab

Captain Nicolas Pitrat / Defense Attaché, Embassy of France in Chile, French armed forces and climate change

Colonel (RAF) Liz Hutchinson / Defense Attaché, Embassy of United Kingdom in Chile, British armed forces and climate change

General Sergio Etchegoyen / Soberania & Clima, Brazilian armed forces and climate change

Chilean Officer – Chilean Joint General Staff (TBC), Chilean armed forces and climate change

Closing Comments
Juan Pablo Toro / Athenalab

Contact Information

Olivia Grinberg