To What Extent is Climate Change Now a Threat to International Security?

Both senior policymakers and general publics have concluded that climate change now poses a threat to international security. But just how real is this perceived threat? And does it follow that bodies such as the UN Security Council should focus on the problem, or are there other agencies and organizations that are better suited for the task? The United States military, for example, is already using data-specific satellites to determine how climate change might impact its future operations, especially in those regions that are most vulnerable to large-scale environmental disruptions.

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Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence

In this Video, Christian Parenti explores how climate change is interacting with the after effects of economic neoliberalism and Cold War militarism to aggravate violence in the Global South. More on «Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence»

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21 Apr 2014 Articles

Trends and Triggers:Climate Change and Interstate Conflict

Cullen Hendrix and others have no doubts – water scarcity caused by climate change can lead to outbreaks of interstate violence. However, their research also suggests that if such shortages are shared ones, a lack of rain may actually have conflict-inhibiting effects. More on «Trends and Triggers:Climate Change and Interstate Conflict»


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21 Apr 2014 Security Watch

The Cost of the Security Sector: How the Money Question can Lead to Questions about Purpose

When it comes to Security Sector Reform (SSR), effectiveness and expediency have often trumped affordability. But that’s beginning to change. Today, Bernard Harborne looks at war-torn African states to show how financial considerations are now shaping SSR programs in unprecedented ways. More on «The Cost of the Security Sector: How the Money Question can Lead to Questions about Purpose»


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21 Apr 2014ISN Blog

Dancing with the Word "Genocide"

While there have been numerous instances of extreme political violence over the past 20 years, none of them can compare with the Rwandan genocide. Today, Christoph Vogel uses this ‘anniversary’ to ponder what constitutes genocide and how the international community might respond to it today. More on «Dancing with the Word "Genocide"»


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Apr 2014 Publications

The UN and Casualty Recording

Are the UN's casualty-recording practices effective and does the organization use its casualty data well? Jacob Beswick and Elizabeth Minor don’t think so. If Afghanistan is any example, the collection and use of this type of data needs to be more systematic and/or consistent if it’s going to be truly useful. More on «The UN and Casualty Recording»


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