Dr. Michael Thomas is a non-resident Senior Fellow with the Washington-based Center for Climate & Security where he co-leads the Indo-Pacific Program. Dr. Thomas is also a council member with the International Military Council on Climate Change. A graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy, Dr. Thomas served for 20 years in the Australian Army. His PhD research examined the security risks of climate change, and how military forces have responded to the threats posed by climate change. He has published widely on climate security and is author of The Securitisation of Climate Change (2017). Dr. Thomas has been a leader on educating security leaders regarding climate change, including his work with the ADF Global Change Initiative, the Australian Defence College, and UNSW ADFA.
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