Blogs & Opinion


Leaving Mining Behind in a Sustainable Liberia

21 May 2017 | Roshny Vijayakar

Mining operations degrade the environment through soil erosion, water contamination, air pollution, and often deforestation. These can lead to respiratory illnesses, heavy metal poisoning, sediment...

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Agriculture: An Opportunity for Better Jobs for Afghanistan’s Youth

18 May 2017 | Abdul Qadeer Jawad

Until the late 1970s, Afghanistan was one of the world’s top producer of horticultural products and supplied 20 percent of the raisins on the global market. The country held a dominant position in...

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Risk, but Also Opportunity in Climate Fragility and Terror Link

17 May 2017 | Florian Krampe

In a recent article for New Security Beat, Colin Walch made the case that the abandonment of some communities in Mali to deal with climate change on their own has created “fertile ground” for ji...

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Food Access and the Logic of Violence During Civil War

15 May 2017 | Ore Koren and Benjamin Bagozzi

In 1981, Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen noted that “starvation is the characteristic of some people not having enough food to eat. It is not the characteristic of there being not enough food to eat....

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What Quantitative Analyses Tell Us about Climate Change and Conflict

15 May 2017 | Adrien Detges

In recent years, a growing number of studies have appeared that analyse the statistical relationship between climate change and violent conflict. Whilst this research offers a comprehensive and system...

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Climate Change in the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community

12 May 2017 | Caitlin Werrell and Francesco Femia

Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, released yesterday the 2017 “Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community.” Consistent with threat assessments and memorandums from th...

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U.S. Officials Promise No Change in South China Sea Naval Policy as Chinese Vessels Continue Extensive Patrols

12 May 2017 | Jared Dummitt

This week, American officials sought to allay concerns that Washington is failing to address China’s activities in the South China Sea, which have showed no signs of slowing. On Monday, U.S. Pacific...

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Fertile Ground: Climate Change and Jihadism in Mali

9 May 2017 | Colin Walch

Herders, farmers, and fishermen have cohabited the middle region of Mali, known as the Macina, for centuries. Conflicts were generally peacefully managed by local chiefs in charge of land and water. Y...

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The Big Melt: Curbing Arctic Climate Change Aligns with U.S. Economic and National Security Goals

8 May 2017 | Cathleen Kelly and Howard Marano

The new normal of unparalleled climate change at the top of the world is on track to set off an accelerating chain reaction of warming with serious implications for U.S. national security both in the...

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GAO Issues Annual Report Showing Only Slight Progress in Disclosures on Conflict Minerals

2 May 2017 | Cydney Posner

The GAO has recently issued its third annual report on conflict minerals. The GAO is required by Dodd-Frank to report annually on the effectiveness of the SEC’s conflict minerals rule in promoting...

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