E3G led a delegation of senior US climate change and resource security officials around a number of high-level meetings in Berlin, Brussels and the UK in what proved to be an effective and agenda-setting week.
The US delegation consisted of:
Captain Wayne Porter, SECDEF Chair, Systemic Strategy and Complexity, Naval Postgraduate
Dr. Daniel Chiu, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stretegy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Department of Defense (DoD)
Commander Esther McClure, Head, Arctic Climate Change and Energy (ACE) Team, Strategy Office, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Department of Defense (DoD)
Sherri Goodman, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Executive Director, CNA Military Advisory Board, CNA
The aim of the Environmental Security Roadshow was to stimulate stronger US-EU cooperation on key climate security issues and to prompt broader European debate on climate security through face-to-face meetings between top US security officials and their counterparts in key European capitals. The packed agenda included meetings with NATO, the European External Action Service, German MPs, Thinktanks and NGOs and members of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Ministry of Defence.
The week saw a number of frank and productive discussions; opening up new lines of communication and areas for potential collaboration. The Roadshow was described as a “success” by Dr. Daniel Chiu, and Esther McClure said that she “took away a fresh appreciation of the international perspectives on this issue and built some new relationships that will enhance information exchange across the Atlantic.” Sherri Goodman said that the “meetings substantially advanced the transatlantic dialogue on climate security risks from a risk management perspective” and Captain Wayne Porter described the week as “rewarding and enriching”.
After the success of the first E3G Environmental Security Roadshow, we are hoping that this will be the start of things to come – and are looking towards Washington in November 2012 as being a possible choice for the return leg of the E3G Transatlantic Dialogue on Climate Security Risks.