The Columbia Global Centers, Santiago; the Arnold A. Saltzman
Institute of War and Peace Studies; and AthenaLab, Chile present:


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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. 


Schedule of Events
Wednesday, March 8
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Santiago, Chile (7:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST)
Centro de Extensión PUCV (Antonio Bellet 314, Providencia)

Opening Remarks
7:05 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. EST
9:05 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Santiago
Climate change now and the way ahead
Jack Snyder, Professor of International Relations, Columbia University

Session One
7:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m. EST
9:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. Santiago
Scientific and political dialogue on climate change on Latin America
ChairPage Fortna / Columbia University


  • Susana Beatriz Adamo (via Zoom) / Columbia University
    “Vulnerability and climate variability in Latin America; migration and demographic change”
  • Walter Baethgen (via Zoom) / 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
8:50 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. EST
10:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Santiago
Climate change: risks and threats to regional security
ChairJack 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 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
10:40 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. EST
12:40 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. Santiago
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
11:50 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. EST
1:50 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Santiago
Juan Pablo Toro / Athenalab