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Domestic terror and the race for the White House


This post was originally published on June 20, 2016 in The Hill – Contributors. Over the past year we have seen acts of terror perpetrated by individuals in Orlando and San Bernardino inspired by ISIS. We have also seen more coordinated teams of attackers in Brussels, Paris and elsewhere. These attacks strike to the heart of communities, and have rekindled concerns among the American public about the threat of terrorism. The timing of the latest attacks is also affecting the intensifying U.S. presidential race.  Currently the candidates and pundits are addressing how the U.S should respond, such as proposing strategies to definitively defeat terror groups like ISIS, new immigration policies, building walls, allowing or disallowing access to firearms and whether the U.S. should reassert or withdraw its long-standing support of NATO, among others. These are profound issues that must be addressed thoughtfully and carefully. Understanding what the American public feels about the challenges we’re facing and the response of government is an important factor that is influencing how candidates position

July 15, 2016

Climate Change and Geopolitics: What’s Really at Stake


This post was originally published on February 9, 2016 in The Huffington Post blog. By most accounts, December’s international climate conference in Paris was an unexpected and landmark success. Virtually every nation on earth now understands what’s at stake and all have reached common understanding about what needs to be done to slow the advance of unmitigated planetary warming. Still, in spite of overwhelming scientific evidence that dangerous levels of planetary warming and human-induced climate change are real, hard-core resistance to well-established

June 24, 2016

Climate Change, Disasters and Adaptation Preparedness


Climate Change as a Human Factor Climate change is defined as change in global or regional climate patterns, which may include increases and decreases in temperature as well as changes in severe weather events.

February 19, 2016

The Disproportionate Consequences of Climate Change


The consequences of climate events are not borne equally. Local populations cope with drought in the arid Sahel much differently than those adapting to the same event in southern California. In their destructive path, human-caused climate changes and disasters, from ongoing drought to unpredictable floods, hit the poor the hardest – physically, economically, and socially. These are sentiments increasingly recognized in the global community, and reiterated by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the opening of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference when he spoke about the unequal impact of climate change in the developing world [1]. Globally and in the U.S., individuals that are already vulnerable are likely to suffer disproportionately as a result of the changing climate. The Burden of Poor Nations                                     Climate research is continuously reaffirming that the most vulnerable states

February 12, 2016