Natural Security is a novel approach to enhancing national and international security policies by drawing on concepts from biological evolution. 3.5 billion years of evolution of living organisms reveal lessons in adaptation and counter-adaptation for success in countering, and living with, potentially catastrophic risks.  The current risks arise from a range of threats including, among others, nuclear proliferation, terrorism, cyber threats, infectious disease pandemics, and climate change.

The Natural Security project was launched by the publication of a book of that title edited by Dr. Rafe Sagarin and Terence Taylor essays contributed by a multi-disciplinary group. The group, with a growing number of members, is developing the concepts and ideas in the book further. In particular, they shared the ideas and concepts with higher-level policy makers in the US and elsewhere.


ICLS would like to remember the late Dr. Raphael Sagarin of the University of Arizona for his imaginative leadership on this project and the publication of his book Learning from the Octopus which elegantly draws together the threads of thinking on this topic and is a provocative and entertaining read. He is greatly missed.