Senior Executive Seminar: Climate Change & Security

NESA Center Seminar speakers

From 14–18 November 2022, the Near East South Asia Center (NESA) hosted a Senior Executive Seminar (SES) titled “Climate Change and Security.” The seminar started with a welcome and introduction from Course Director Dr. Gawdat Bahgat and then a welcome from Acting Director COL David Lamm, USA (Ret.) and Academic Dean Dr. Roger Kangas.

The five-day virtual seminar focused on a range of topics, including the science of climate change, the security challenges that climate change poses in the NESA region, as well as what countries can do to address these security challenges. The group also discussed issues such as the global demand for fossil fuels and the effects of the war in Ukraine. There were eleven sessions that featured prominent guest speakers, followed by Q&A sessions with the participants, held under Chatham House Rule. The discussions were moderated by Dr. Gawdat Bahgat, Dr. Hassan Abbas, and Assistant Professor Jeffrey Payne. The SES engaged with 50 participants from 21 countries.

NESA Center Seminar speakers
Speakers starting from the top left: Dr. Gawdat Bahgat (Course Director, NESA Center), Dr. Roger Kangas (Academic Dean, NESA Center), COL David Lamm, USA (Ret.) (Acting Director, NESA Center), Dr. Hassan Abbas (Distinguished Professor, NESA Center), Jeffrey Payne (Assistant Professor, NESA Center), Morgan Higman (Fellow, Energy Security and Climate Change Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies), George Perkovich (Ken Olivier and Angela Nomellini Chair and Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace), Gaia Vince (Journalist), Ambassador Christina Markus Lassen (Ambassador of Denmark to the United States), Dr. James Fleming (Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, Emeritus, Colby College), Dr. Amy Austin Holmes (Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations), Dr. Anna Mikulska (Fellow in Energy Studies, Rice University), H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada (Former Minister of Energy and Industry, State of Qatar)


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