Council on Strategic Risks (CSR)

Council on Strategic Risks (CSR)

CSR is a US-based non-profit that analyses and addresses risks to our security, such as those coming from nuclear war, climate change, and pandemics.

Fast Facts

  • CSR’s leadership has extensive experience working in senior levels of government: Its CEO, Christine Parthermore, was previously the Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs in the US Department of Defense. CSR’s Senior Fellow, Andrew Weber, was formerly the Assistant Secretary of Defense for the same program.
  • CSR analyses and addresses core systemic risks to security. In its nuclear weapons policy work, CSR focuses on identifying nuclear systems and policies with the greatest potential to cause escalation into nuclear war (for example, nuclear-armed cruise missiles) and seeks to address them by working with key decision-makers. This kind of work sits within one of Giving What We Can’s top causes: improving nuclear security.
  • CSR was founded in 2017 by Francesco Femia and Caitlin Werrell.

What does CSR do?

CSR is “devoted to anticipating, analyzing and addressing core systemic risks to security in the 21st century".

As part of this work, CSR:

They also conduct research and have provided testimony to congress as part of furthering its mission.

Is CSR effective?

Giving What We Can has not evaluated CSR’s effectiveness, and is not aware of any public evaluation of the organisation’s work. However, the fact it has been supported by several reputable grantmakers such as the Open Philanthropy Project and the MacArthur Foundation is indicative of it being a promising organisation.

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