Adm. William McRaven, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul to discuss global food insecurity at the LBJ School

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September 12, 2018
Admiral William McRaven in a dark suit next to Congressman McCaul, also in a dark suit

Speakers will discuss the national security dimensions of global food insecurity.

Sept. 12, 2018, AUSTIN, TEXAS – Two of the country’s leading experts in national security will discuss the security dimensions of global food insecurity during an upcoming forum at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.

Admiral William McRaven, former UT System chancellor and new LBJ School professor, will join U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R–TX) for a conversation on food insecurity as a destabilizing factor in countries important to U.S. national security. Chris Tomlinson of the Houston Chronicle will moderate. The event will occur on Sept. 17 in Bass Lecture Hall from 5:15 PM – 6:45 p.m. Registration is required.

Food insecurity is a national security priority. Issues such as displacement, refugee crises, human rights violations and terrorist threats can arise from food insecurity.

Listen to Admiral McRaven discuss failure, trust and purpose on LBJ's podcast, "Policy on Purpose"

 “Scholars and practitioners have increasingly documented how food insecurity is both contributing to and resulting from civil war and other forms of conflict,” said Catherine Weaver, associate dean for students and co-director of Innovations for Peace and Development (IPD). “As a result, food insecurity is intimately tied to internal displacement and asylum flows, exacerbating problems of failed states, refugee crises and the stability of borders.  It is thus imperative for our national security leaders to highlight the causes and consequences of global food insecurity.”

The event is co-sponsored by the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, Clements Center for National Security and Innovations for Peace and Development.

In recent years, research from the LBJ School has shed a light on food insecurity both locally and globally. For example, LBJ School professors Raj Patel and Erin Lentz recently led a policy research project on food insecurity in Austin, finding that 25 percent of Austin households are food insecure. Lentz also conducted recent research on the intersection of food insecurity and domestic violence among women in rural Bangladesh. Contact the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions to learn more about student research opportunities.


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