Climate Change and Energy Security

RUSI’s research addresses climate change as the backdrop to all national security, defence and foreign policy discourses.

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Climate change is both an existential threat to humanity and a threat multiplier. With expertise across a range of themes and geographies, we assess the implications of climate change through geopolitical, defence and security lenses.

Our research produces leading commentary on how climate change intersects with ‘traditional’ security issues at the local, regional, institutional and international levels. Ongoing research includes horizon scanning of new trends in organised environmental crime; commentary on the security of nuclear weapons’ storage in a warming world; and the implications of a renewed interest in space travel. We lead several international Track 1 and 2 dialogues on topics including energy security, climate mitigation and governance of global commons. 

Our unparalleled access and cross-cutting expertise make RUSI the home of commentary on climate change, defence and security.

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Energy and Security Programme

UK National Security and the Net Zero Transition

Interrogating Corruption Risk in Voluntary Carbon Markets

Environmental Crime in a Warming World

Climate and Environmental Activism

Greening Defence

Climate, Energy and Security in the Middle East

Transatlantic Dialogue on China

UK - Australia Track 1.5 Bilateral Dialogue


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SHOC articles

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The UNCAC’s Role in Tackling Corruption related to Environmental Crimes

5 Jan, 2022 - Forward Look by The UNCAC Coalition Environmental Crime and Corruption Working Group

Achieving Effective Biodiversity Protection During War and Armed Conflict

10 Dec, 2021 - Forward Look by Adrian Garside

Moving Beyond the Slogan: Operationalising ‘Follow the Money’ Approaches to Illegal Wildlife Trade in Uganda 

6 Oct, 2021 - Situation report by Cathy Haenlein

Cheating the System: Where Permits Come as Freely as the Wildlife

28 September, 2021 - Forward Look by Lauren Young

Authoritarianism is a Trap: How China Undermines its own Promises on the Environment

14 Sep, 2021 - Situation Report by Dr Tim Wittig

Laundering Shark Species in the Pacific: The Trail of the Fin

5 Jun, 2021 - Situation Report by Dr Alejandro Lerch

The Role of Beneficial Ownership in Combating IUU Fishing

4 Jun, 2021 - Forward Look by Alexandria Reid, Jessa Rose Dury-Agri, Austin Brush and Duncan Copeland

Preventing Future Zoonotic Pandemics: US Pandemic Relief Bill

27 May, 2021 - By Dr Tim Wittig

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Research report

China, EU and US cooperation on climate and energy

The first of the research papers to be published as part of the Transatlantic Dialogue on China project, focusing on energy security and climate change.

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