Dr. Tegan Blaine is the director of climate, environment & conflict at the U.S. Institute of Peace.  

Prior to joining USIP in 2020, she served as vice president on a climate change initiative at the National Geographic Society. She also led the climate change team in USAID’s Bureau for Africa for over a decade, where she developed USAID’s strategy and investment plan for its climate change work in Africa, and built and led a team that provided thought leadership and technical support to USAID’s Africa missions.

Before USAID, Dr. Blaine worked on climate change and international development at McKinsey & Company; served as a policy advisor on water at the U.S. Department of State; and taught math and physics as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania.

Dr. Blaine has a doctorate in oceanography and climate from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and bachelor’s degrees in comparative literature and mathematical ecology from Brown University. She has taught about climate change and international development at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.

Publications By Tegan

Glasgow’s Summit Will Spur Change—on Climate and in Conflicts

Glasgow’s Summit Will Spur Change—on Climate and in Conflicts

Thursday, November 18, 2021

By: Tegan Blaine, Ph.D.

When the 26th Conference of Parties of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change closed over the weekend in Glasgow, delegates and observers left with both disappointment that so little had happened and relief that so much had. As the world now weighs the results of the Glasgow climate summit, the global peacebuilding community should do the same. We should analyze where the summit might alter risks of violent conflict and opportunities for the community—including peacebuilding organizations, local civil society groups and policymakers—to respond.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Economics & Environment

Tegan Blaine on the COP26 Summit

Tegan Blaine on the COP26 Summit

Monday, November 15, 2021

By: Tegan Blaine, Ph.D.

As the climate summit wraps up, USIP’s Tegan Blaine says the focus on net-zero commitments overshadowed immediate concerns such as addressing climate-driven migration: “We needed to commit to these things 10 years ago, 20 years ago … and we didn’t. So now the time is quite short.”

Type: Podcast

Economics & Environment

Facing Climate-Driven Migration and Displacement Head-On

Facing Climate-Driven Migration and Displacement Head-On

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

By: Tegan Blaine, Ph.D.

In the run-up to the COP26 summit on climate change, the U.S. government released its Report on the Impact of Climate Change on Migration on October 21 — one of three major climate reports, along with the National Intelligence Estimate and the climate risk analysis by the Department of Defense, from the Biden administration. With these reports, the U.S. government now formally recognizes that climate change is likely to contribute to significant displacement and migration, and with it, political and social instability that jeopardize U.S. interests.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Global PolicyEconomics & Environment

Navigating Land Rights in the Transition to Green Energy

Navigating Land Rights in the Transition to Green Energy

Thursday, October 7, 2021

By: Tegan Blaine, Ph.D.;  Chris Collins

With the global energy sector responsible for two-thirds of carbon dioxide emissions, renewable energy has enormous potential to mitigate the impacts of the climate crisis while simultaneously addressing energy poverty in developing states worldwide. However, clean energy development is far from smooth sailing, as renewable energy infrastructure requires ten times more land than the fossil fuel equivalent to generate the same power.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Economics & EnvironmentHuman Rights

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