Francesco Femia

Co-Founder and Research Director, The Council on Strategic Risks; Co-Founder, The Center for Climate and Security

Francesco “Frank” is a frequently-cited commentator on how national security, defense and intelligence communities address climate change-related threats. Femia is co-founder and research director of the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR), co-founder of the Center for Climate and Security, and manager and senior advisor of the International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS). He oversees all of CSR’s research and analysis efforts, including at the Center for Climate and Security, the Janne E. Nolan Center on Strategic Weapons and the Converging Risks Lab.

He has published extensively on the security implications of climate change, water stress and natural resource mismanagement in Syria and North Africa. Previously, Femia served as chief executive officer of the Council on Strategic Risks, president of the Center for Climate and Security, and co-chair of the Climate and Security Advisory Group – the primary forum for climate and security dialogue in the U.S. national security community. Before that, he was program director at the Connect U.S. Fund, where he led programs ranging from climate resilience to mass atrocity prevention and response.

Femia holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he focused on European foreign policy, security and defense issues, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Nuclear Security Working Group.

Podcast Guest Appearances

Driving Forces: How Climate Fuels Human Migration

Climate instability is an increasing driver of human migration. But no one identifies themselves  as a climate refugee.

“The Geneva Convention does not provide for persecution by climate change,” says Dina Ionesco, head of the Migration, Environment, and Climate Change Division at the U.N. Migration Agency. “It's something that talks to our spirits, to our hearts.  But you can’t have the status of a climate refugee today in our world.”