Natural Security – the U.S. national and global security implications of environmental crime – is a growing challenge worldwide. With connections to some of the world’s most dangerous criminal syndicates and a growing influence on critical geostrategic issues, illegal fishing, logging, mining and wildlife trafficking are serious threats to peace and stability. However, these issues remain largely outside the security purview of many nations. Changing the terms of this conversation is crucial to protecting our environment, furthering global prosperity and safeguarding U.S. national and international security.
Illuminate and educate on the geostrategic security implications of environmental crime
Foster the creation of a new and expanding community of natural security stakeholders
Change the terms of the conversation on environmental crime, leading to innovative policy solutions
What We Do
DATAAn online database that tracks incidents of environmental crime and their connections to U.S. and global security threats to quantify the convergence between resource theft, transnational organized crime, terrorism, and other geostrategic issues.Explore
PODCASTLearn more about the Natural Security Forum and listen to some of the most influential security, military, and political voices discuss natural security.Listen
ANALYSISQuench your thirst for quick analysis from the Natural Security Forum team and outside contributors via our blog hosted on Medium.Engage
Meet the Team
Sally YozellDirectorSenior Associate and Director of Stimson's Environmental Security Program, Sally brings a depth of knowledge on maritime and wildlife issues. She recently served Senior Advisor to Secretary of State, John Kerry on ocean, coast, climate, and wildlife protection.
Emma MyersResearch AssistantEmma is a graduate of the University of Virginia with an interest in the intersection of development and security.
Amanda ShaverResearch AssistantA Masters candidate at George Washington University, Amanda studies international security and the role of environmental players in the global arena.