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Updated: One-stop list of resources on Syria, drought, climate change and unrest

Syrian_civil_war_mapWe have written extensively on the topic of Syria, drought, natural resource mismanagement, climate change and social unrest, beginning in 2012, and followed by a broader look at the region in our report The Arab Spring and Climate Change in the winter of 2013. Since then, the situation in the country has deteriorated dramatically, and the complexities of the conflict on the ground continue to multiply. Even in the fog of conflict, journalists and researchers are seeking to better understand what was at the root of the conflict, whether or not it could it have been avoided, and how the international community might help prevent humanitarian crises of this scale in the future. For years, the media has tried to pick apart some of the underlying factors that contributed to unrest in the country, including some of the environmental, climatic and natural resource security issues at play in the lead up to the revolution. This coverage has included interviews with us, commentary from foreign policy leaders like William Polk, and continued investigations of the topic by Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman.

Below is an updated list of links to the news coverage, articles on the issue, and a few of the key documents cited. Please let us know if there are additional sources we should add to this list. NOTE: We do not take any responsibility for any of the headlines!


  1. Steven Leibo says:

    This list is especially helpful and timely … thanks!
    Steven Leibo, Professor of International History & Politics/Sage/Suny Albany
    WAMC Public Radio Commentator

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