Over this century and beyond, the earth’s resilience and adaptive capabilities will be stressed by the demands of global climate change, environmental degradation, a growing population of over seven billion people, and the accompanying increased resource and energy demands. These stresses will place an additional burden upon the earth’s natural systems and the processes and resources that drive these systems.
In recent years, FAS’s research and analysis have concentrated on nuclear energy, Japan’s nuclear policy post-Fukushima, energy security, and diplomacy and partnerships between U.S. and foreign scientists and engineers to solve major resource problems that threaten international security. FAS has also used the techniques of dialogue and deliberation in convening people with diverse perspectives to wrestle with complex subjects such as regional cooperation among Japan, South Korea, and the United States in nuclear waste disposal and improvements in nuclear plant safety. In effect, FAS has sought to serve as a bridge between technical and policy making communities. Technical analysis alone will not result in positive change.
Consequently, in the future, FAS will explicitly call on experts from these multiple communities to collaborate within task forces and working groups. While working with these groups, FAS will also make use of system thinking techniques because of the interconnected nature of energy, environmental, and natural resources issues.