A discussion of climate, science, and security in the first public appearance by Dr. Rod Schoonover since leaving the U.S. government.

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Up until resigning on July 12, Dr. Rod Schoonover was arguably the top remaining U.S. government official working on climate change and national security. He served for over a decade as a Senior Analyst in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research and was Director of Environment and Natural Resources at the National Intelligence Council in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence which produces the annual Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community.

Last month, Dr. Schoonover testified before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on the national security implications of climate change. While he delivered his oral testimony to the Committee, the written submission for the Congressional record was blocked by the White House over disputes about the underlying science, as has been widely covered in the media.

World Resources Institute hosted an in-depth conversation between Dr. Schoonover and Andrew Light, WRI Distinguished Senior Fellow and former State Department senior climate change official. They will discuss the relationship between climate change and national security, how the U.S. and the world can better prepare for the security implications of a warming world, and the current state of climate science in the U.S. federal government.


  • Dr. Rod Schoonover, Former Senior Analyst, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, U.S. Department of State
  • Andrew Light, Distinguished Senior Fellow, WRI


2019 Rod Schoonover Talk

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