Instant Issues @ One Financial Plaza: Greg White on Climate Change & National Security

Professor Greg White of Smith College

Professor Greg White of Smith College

The World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts will present Gregory White, Mary Huggins Gamble Professor of Government at Smith College at an Instant Issues Brown Bag Lunch event on Climate Change and National Security on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at noon in the Community Room, One Financial Plaza (1350 Main Street), in downtown Springfield.

The cost with a box lunch–tuna, turkey, vegetarian or roast beef sandwich–is $20 for Council members and $25 for nonmembers. The cost for members without a lunch is $5 and for nonmembers, $10.

The RSVP deadline is Monday, September 25.

For more information, please call the World Affairs Council office at 413-733-0110.  Register online with a credit card here.

A longtime member and friend of the Council, Greg White is the Mary Huggins Gamble Professor of Government, the current chair of the government department and a member of the Environmental Science and Policy Program Committee. He teaches courses on global environmental politics, international relations, migration and refugee politics, and international political economy.

White’s research and publications focus on Moroccan politics, environmental politics and international security. He is currently co-editor of the Journal of North African Studies. In 2009–10 he received a New Directions Grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation and studied climate and earth science at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.

Recent publications have included “Environmental Refugees,” in The Handbook on Migration and Security, Philippe Bourbeau, ed. (London: Edward Elgar, 2017), and “The Specter of Climate Refugees: Why Invoking Refugees as a Reason to ‘Take Climate Change Seriously’ is Troubling,” Migration and Citizenship Newsletter of the American Political Science Association 4:2, Summer 2016.

A popular Instant Issues speaker, Greg White is a former member of the Council’s Board of Directors.

In a recent article in Military Times, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Evans indicated that the Department of Defense continues to prepare for climate change despite President Donald Trump’s March 28 Executive Order rescinding “all climate-related federal agency actions directed by President Barack Obama”.  During his confirmation for Secretary of Defense earlier this year, James Mattis wrote, “Climate change can be a driver of instability and the Department of Defense must pay attention to potential adverse impacts generated by this phenomenon.”

About Cynthia Melcher

Cynthia Melcher is Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts
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