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ORG Joins International Military Council on Climate and Security

July 30th 2019 - 12:00
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Oxford Research Group (ORG) is proud to have become an institutional affiliate of the International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS). ORG Chief Executive Richard Reeve has also joined the IMCCS Council.

The IMCCS is a new consortium of international organisations including the Netherlands Institute of International Relations (Clingendael), the Planetary Security Initiative, the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS), the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS), and the Center for Climate and Security (CCS) in the United States, which serves as the IMCCS Secretariat. The IMCCS is co-led by Secretary General Sherri Goodman, former US Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Environmental Security), and Chair General Tom Middendorp, former Chief of Defence of the Netherlands.

The IMCCS is building a network of senior military and civil society leaders across the globe that will meet regularly, produce an annual World Climate and Security Report, drive communications and policy in support of international actions on the security implications of a changing climate, and amplify existing climate and security networks. So far, the Council has members from two dozen countries on six continents.

Building relationships with policy research institutes working on climate and security issues as well as pursuing dialogue with members of the national security community, is a priority for ORG as it develops its work on Climate Security in the UK context.

For more information, see: https://www.oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk/news/org-joins-international-military-council-on-climate-and-security

Tom Middendorp is a retired four-star general. He now advises The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) as a principal expert. Until October 2017 he was the Chief of Defense of the Netherlands Armed Forces. In this period he led one of the largest transformations in the history of the armed forces and was involved in over 20 military deployments worldwide. He conducted a proces of strategic analysis and re-orientation, including several Future Force Conferences where he introduced an ecosystem approach to security and positioned Defense as a platform for innovation. During his tenure, the tide of continuous downsizing and reductions changed and the government decided to increase the defense budget. Mister Middendorp initiated and operationalized several far-reaching military cooperation programs in which the Netherlands became one of the frontrunners in Europe. He studied civil engineering at the Royal Military Academy in Breda, is a graduate at the Command and General Staff College in the United States and received the high awards in Australia, Germany, France and Belgium.