Kent Hughes Butts is the director of the National Security Issues Group at the Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College. His research focuses on destabilizing natural resource issues. He has organized and conducted international conferences; workshops and games on natural resources and security in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Latin America; and twice testified before Congress on the topic of climate change and security.

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Environmental security has taken on new meaning in the twenty-first century as sustainability and natural resource protection have become essential elements of national security and foreign policy. In the early post–Cold War era, the national security community viewed environmental security as related to contamination caused by former Soviet …

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