Extreme Realities: The Link Between Severe Weather, Climate Change, and Our National Security

Over the past year, the defense and intelligence communities have issued a slew of reports making it clear that climate change is here and having real impacts on national security. Narrated by Matt Damon, Extreme Realities focuses on recent political conflicts and severe weather events throughout the world. The film will debut nationally December 15, 2014 on PBS.

Join us for a special screening followed by a diverse panel of experts discussing the impact of extreme weather on homeland and international security, and perspectives for the future.


  • Marcus D. King, John O. Rankin Associate Professor of International Affairs; Director, Master of Arts in International Affairs Program, GW
  • Marilyn & Hal WeinerExtreme Realities' Emmy-Award winning filmmakers
  • Ghassem Asrar, Director, Joint Global Change Research Institute, University of Maryland
  • Paul O’Brien, Vice President for Policy and Campaigns, Oxfam America
  • Sherri Goodman, Former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Environmental Security; Senior Vice President, CNA Corporation
Sponsored By:

Elliott School's Master of Arts in International Affairs program, Planet Forward, GW’s Academic Program in Sustainability