Syracuse University Institute for Security Policy and Law’s research on climate change and national security draws on the work of Professor Mark Nevitt, whose scholarship has appeared in the Journal of National Security Law and Policy, Washington University Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Georgia Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, Harvard Environmental Law Review, and elsewhere.

Sub-topics include emergency powers, environmental law, geopolitics, international security, managed retreat, and military law and policy.

Selected Articles

The Climate-Security Century: Three Climate Hotspots.Fletcher Security Review, 8 (2021)

Is Climate Change a National Emergency?UC Davis Law Review, 55 (forthcoming 2021)

Is Climate Change a Threat to International Peace and Security?Michigan Journal of International Law (forthcoming 2021)

The Remaking of the Supreme Court: Implications for Climate Change Litigation.Cardozo Law Review, 42

On Environmental Law, Climate Change, and National Security.Harvard Environmental Law Review, 44.

Could Official Climate Denial Revive the Common Law as a Regulatory Backstop?Washington University Law Review, 96 (2018). (With Robert V. Percival.)

Polar Opposites: Assessing Environmental Law in the World’s Polar Regions.” Boston College Law Review, 59 (2018). (With Robert V. Percival.)

The Commander in Chief’s Authority to Combat Climate Change.” Cardozo Law Review, 37 (2015).

Selected Blogs


Key Takeaways From the Glasgow Climate Pact | Nov. 17, 2021

What You Need to Know About the New Climate Security Reports | Oct. 26, 2021

Just Security

China, Climate Change, Credibility: Why It’s (Finally) Time for the US to Join the Law of the Sea Convention | Sept. 23, 2021

NATO’s Renewed Focus on Climate Change & Security: What You Need to Know | June 2021

Is Climate Change a National Emergency? | February 2021

Climate Change, National Security, & the New Commander-in-Chief | December 2020

Wharton Climate Solutions

As We Adapt to Climate Change, Legal Doctrine Must Also Adapt | July 2019

Listen to National Security Professionals on Climate Change | June 2019

Selected Podcasts

A Discussion on Recent Climate Security Reports | Lawfare Live! (Oct. 29, 2021)

Climate Security and the Changing Landscape of Threat Part 1 | ABA National Security Law Today Podcast (2019)

Climate Security and the Changing Landscape of Threat Part 2 | ABA National Security Law Today Podcast (2019)

Where Does the Defense Department Really Stand on Climate? | Kleinman Center for Energy Policy (2019)