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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. (more…)

Message to Davos: Climate Change Risk Assessments Need to Go Big

World_Economic_Forum_-_World_Economic_Forum_Annual_Meeting_Davos_2005A version of this article also appeared on the Reuters Foundation news service, AlertNet

Climate change is on the agenda at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos this year. This is good news for those concerned about the unprecedented risks climate change poses to society. (more…)

Report Release: The Arab Spring and Climate Change with Tom Friedman and Anne-Marie Slaughter

City skyline from a coastal defense breakwater in Alexandria, EgyptTune in here this morning at 10am EST to the public release of our new multi-author volume “The Arab Spring and Climate Change.” The event will feature a fireside chat between New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, and former Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State, Anne-Marie Slaughter.

The volume is edited by Caitlin Werrell and Francesco Femia, includes a preface by Anne-Marie Slaughter, and essay contributions from Troy Sternberg of Oxford University, Sarah Johnstone and Jeffrey Mazo of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Caitlin E. Werrell and Francesco Femia of the Center for Climate and Security, Michael Werz and Max Hoffman of the Center for American Progress, and David Michel and Mona Yacoubian of the Stimson Center.

UPDATE: An electronic version of the report is available here. You can also link to a summary here, or read the full report in your browser.

A video recording of the event is also available here.

Egypt’s Political Transition and the Rising Sea: An Opportunity for Reform

Last January, on the heels of a successful popular revolution in Tunisia, Egyptians decided that they wanted to govern themselves as well. This led to the eventual overthrow of the 30-year Mubarak regime. Since then, the Egyptian path to democracy has been challenged, with the country’s military elite largely filling the empty spaces of power.

But while this political transition stumbles forward uncertainly, with the forces of reaction threatening to nip progress towards democracy in the bud, another less political threat looms. The health of the Nile Delta. (more…)

A New Libya in a New Climate: Charting a Sustainable Course for the Post-Gaddafi Era

There is an atmosphere of heady optimism amongst the Libyan public, and there should be. Muammar Gaddafi, after over 40 long years in power, has fallen. His peculiarly brutal brand of government (essentially a Ceausescu-style surveillance state with a neo-bedouin fashion veneer) has fallen with him, to join the same sands of history that have swept away Libyan rulers for centuries, from Roman governors to Ottoman pashas. (more…)

Watch This Space: Nile Basin – Preventing Water Conflict

By NASA.Lieven at de.wikipedia[see page for license], from Wikimedia CommonsThe Nile Basin has been a hotbed of activity over the last year. In addition to the Arab Spring and South Sudan becoming a recognized state, the nations within the Nile Basin are renegotiating a longstanding water-sharing agreement over use of the Nile’s waters.  All of this action creates an opportunity to develop a climate-resilient water-sharing agreement that could help reduce the probability of future water conflicts. (more…)