Retired Brig. Gen. Chris King, Ph.D., (U.S. Army) will present a discussion on “Understanding the Threats to Peace and Security in the World from a Changing Climate” at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 13, in the Jenkin and Barbara David Theater within Alumni Hall on Park University’s Parkville Campus.

In written testimony earlier this year for his Congressional confirmation as secretary of defense, retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis stated, “Climate change is impacting stability in areas of the world where our troops are operating today.” King’s presentation will examine the factors that have led Mattis and other senior military officers and defense experts to the conclusion that climate change is a significant threat to U.S. national security.

King will also discuss strategic environmental security research, which is the academic discipline that links key environmental issues to peace and stability in the world. In addition, he will present case studies of the Tibetan Plateau in central and east Asia and the Nile River watershed in eastern Africa will be presented to demonstrate the concepts of environmental security.

This event is free and open to the public.