Sustaining Security: How Natural Resources Influence National Security

Date: September 22, 2010

Rayburn House Office Building
Room: 2255

Washington, DC 20515


Pew is no longer active in this line of work, but the Pew Environment Group is part of the Alliance for Global Conservation which is working to protect the world's last natural areas and rapidly disappearing biodiversity.  

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) will host a lunch briefing with General Anthony Zinni (Ret.) on the growing threat that unfettered environmental degradation around the world poses to national security.  As former Commander in Chief of the U.S. Central Command, General Zinni observed firsthand how soil erosion, deforestation and water scarcity jeopardized U.S. goals in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

A recent CNAS study concluded that the loss of renewable natural resources—such as forests, fresh water, fish and fertile soils—can play a significant role in driving instability and conflict in the developing world. 

Guest speakers will explore the links between the loss of fish stocks and Somali piracy; how soil erosion, deforestation and water scarcity could jeopardize U.S. goals in Afghanistan and Pakistan; and how conservation and natural resource management can serve as valuable soft power tools for bolstering U.S. interests.


The Honorable Russ Carnahan (D-MO)
The Honorable Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)
General Anthony Zinni, Former Commander in Chief, U.S. Central Command (Ret.),
Lt. Col. Shannon Beebe, author, The Ultimate Weapon is No Weapon: Human Security and the New Rules of War and Peace
Christine Parthemore, Fellow, Center for New American Security (CNAS) and co-author, Sustaining Security: How Natural Resources Influence National Security

WHAT:  Lunch Briefing on the links between global conservation and security

WHERE:  2255 Rayburn House Office Building

SPACE IS LIMITED - Please RSVP to Brandon MacGillis, or Mallory Shelter,

WHEN: Wednesday, September 22 from noon to 1 pm

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