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
LIBRARYA first-of-its-kind resource hub to help you get smart on all things natural security. The Natural Security Forum team gathers and curates analysis being done on environmental crime and its geostrategic security implications, from big picture reports to daily news.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
FEATURED ARTICLESTake a deeper dive into the articles the Natural Security Forum team has published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, World Politics Review, and US News World & Report.Engage
Meet the Team
Emma MyersEmma is a graduate of the University of Virginia with an interest in the intersection of development and security. She brings a love of research to the Forum's products.
Amanda ShaverA Masters candidate at George Washington University, Amanda studies international security and the role of environmental players in the global arena. She brings a passion for building the Forum's partnerships.
Eli EnosEli is graduate of Tufts University, where he studied security issues. Since joining the team, Eli has been our go-to-guy for all things communications, including our podcast, blog and Get Smart.