Climate change accelerates instability in unexpected ways. Growing water scarcity, declining crop yields, and rising prices are catalysts for displacement and conflict, as witnessed in recent years in Syria and in the European migration crisis. The national security dimension of climate change receives little attention in Australia, but is the subject of intense focus overseas - particularly in the United States.
The Lowy Institute will screen a condensed version of the 2016 film, The Age of Consequences, which analyses the link between climate change and security, followed by a panel discussion. The panel will comprise Sherri Goodman, Founder and Executive Director of the CNA Military Advisory Board, Ian Dunlop, an international oil, gas and coal industry expert and former chair of the Australian Coal Association and Alan Dupont, Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute and CEO of the Cognoscenti Group.
Sherri Goodman is a former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Environmental Security in the United States Department of Defense. In this role, she was one of the Pentagon’s highest ranking women. From 2001-2015, she served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of CNA, a non-profit research body that provides analyses and solutions for national security leaders. Sherri is also the Founder and Executive Director of the CNA Military Advisory Board, for which she organised over 30 distinguished US military leaders to become a leading voice on the national security threats of climate change.
Ian Dunlop has wide experience in energy resources, infrastructure, and international business, and was for many years on the international staff of Royal Dutch Shell. He has worked at senior level in oil, gas and coal exploration, competition reform and privatization. He chaired the Australian Coal Association in 1987-88. From 1998-2000 he chaired the Australian Greenhouse Office Experts Group on Emissions Trading which developed the first emissions trading system design for Australia. From 1997 to 2001 he was CEO of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ian has a particular interest in the interaction of corporate governance, corporate responsibility and sustainability. Ian is a member of the Board of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science based at UNSW.
Dr Alan Dupont is a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. He is founder and CEO of the Cognoscenti Group, a political and strategic risk consultancy, and one of Australia’s best known strategists, Asianists and thought leaders. Alan has an international reputation for his work on geopolitical risk, defence and national security and has been an advisor to a number of Australian ministers of defence and foreign affairs. In 2013/14, Alan established and led the Abbott Government’s Defence White Paper team. He has received commendations for his work from the governments of Japan and East Timor and was recently named by the Australian Financial Review as one of Australia’s top two strategists.