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SAIS Review of International Affairs Special Volume on Climate and Environmental Security

Digging_irrigation_channels,_Palmyra,_SyriaThe SAIS Review of International Affairs has just published an excellent new volume titled: “The Era of Man: Environmental Security on a Changing Planet.” Contributors to the volume include a range of key experts in the climate, environmental security, security studies and foreign policy fields, covering topics that span sectors and the globe.

The Center for Climate and Security’s contribution to the volume includes an article by Werrell, Femia and Sternberg titled “Did We See it Coming? State Fragility, Climate Vulnerability, and the Uprisings in Syria and Egypt,” which builds on reports from 2012 and 2013. The article examines two popular indices, one measuring state fragility and the other measuring climate vulnerability, to assess whether or not deteriorating water and food security dynamics in both countries in the years leading up to the uprisings, were captured in these different tools.

The Center for Climate Security’s Advisory Board member, Dr. David Titley, and his colleague Katarzyna Zysk, also contributed to the volume with: “Signals, Noise, and Swans in Today’s Arctic.” The article looks at ‘the “signals” (ongoing trends), the “noise” (short-term fluctuations) and the “swans” (the wild cards) in the environmental changes in the Arctic and their geopolitical implications.’

See below for the full list of articles, here for the Editor’s note, which summarizes each article, and here for the entire volume.

SAIS Review of International Affairs
Volume 35, Number 1, Winter-Spring 2015

Table of Contents
The Era of Man: Environmental Security on a Changing Planet

Editors’ Note
pp. 1-4 | DOI: 10.1353/sais.2015.0011
Christine Croft, Diane French, Bartholomew Thanhauser, Sandra Zuniga Guzman

EssaysThe Anthropocene Present

Confronting Climate Change and Reframing Security
pp. 5-16 | DOI: 10.1353/sais.2015.0014
Carol Dumaine, Irving Mintzer

Models of Change

Demographic Resilience: Linking Population Dynamics, the Environment, and Security
pp. 17-27 | DOI: 10.1353/sais.2015.0017
Roger-Mark De Souza

Did We See It Coming?: State Fragility, Climate Vulnerability, and the Uprisings in Syria and Egypt
pp. 29-46 | DOI: 10.1353/sais.2015.0002
Caitlin E. Werrell, Francesco Femia, Troy Sternberg

Analyzing Climate Uncertainty and Risk with an Integrated Assessment Model
pp. 47-59 | DOI: 10.1353/sais.2015.0005
Robert Repetto, Robert Easton

Energy and Electricity

Climate Change Blowback: The Threats to Energy Security
pp. 61-72 | DOI: 10.1353/sais.2015.0008
Michael T. Klare

Enemy Number One for the Electric Grid: Mother Nature
pp. 73-86 | DOI: 10.1353/sais.2015.0010
Sharon Burke, Emily Schneider

America’s Forgotten Nuclear Waste Dump in the Pacific
pp. 87-97 | DOI: 10.1353/sais.2015.0013
Michael B. Gerrard

Migration and Resettlement

Climate Change, Migration, and the Demand for Greater Resources: Challenges and Responses
pp. 99-108 | DOI: 10.1353/sais.2015.0016
Michael Werz, Max Hoffman

Climate-Induced Resettlement: Environmental Change and the Planned Relocation of Communities
pp. 109-117 | DOI: 10.1353/sais.2015.0001
Elizabeth Ferris

Crime and Illegality

Green Terror: Environmental Crime and Illicit Financing
pp. 119-131 | DOI: 10.1353/sais.2015.0004
Johan Bergenas, Ariella Knight

The Dragon as a Fisherman: China’s Distant Water Fishing Fleet and the Export of Environmental Insecurity
pp. 133-144 | DOI: 10.1353/sais.2015.0007
Christopher Carolin

Cooperation and Competition

Conflict Basins: Powderkegs to Peacepipes
pp. 145-157 | DOI: 10.1353/sais.2015.0009
David Michel, Ricky Passarelli

International Military Cooperation and Water Security in the Sahel: A New Approach to Old Problems
pp. 159-167 | DOI: 10.1353/sais.2015.0012
Callie Stinson

Signals, Noise, and Swans in Today’s Arctic
pp. 169-181 | DOI: 10.1353/sais.2015.0015
Katarzyna Zysk, David Titley

Long-Form Essay

Flower of War: An Environmental History of Opium Poppy in Afghanistan
pp. 183-200 | DOI: 10.1353/sais.2015.0000
Christian Parenti

Book Reviews

Here Be Dragons: Robert Kaplan’s The Revenge of Geography
pp. 201-203 | DOI: 10.1353/sais.2015.0003
Will Quinn

In Search of a Slingshot: Climate Action’s David and the Goliath of Deregulated Capitalism
pp. 205-210 | DOI: 10.1353/sais.2015.0006
Emily Walz


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