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Climate security has featured prominently on the world stage in recent weeks–first at the Munich Security Conference on the day the United States officially rejoined the Paris Agreement and then at the UNSC high-level meeting on climate security chaired by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The Center for Climate and Security’s Deputy Director, Erin Sikorsky, joined the BBC World News two times to put these developments in context, and discuss some parts of the world where the climate-security nexus is particularly acute. You can watch her interviews here:
The BBC recently posted a brief video highlighting members of the opposition movement in the generally ignored northern Syria, near the border with Turkey. In the video, Ian Pannel discusses interviewing an agriculture student, and “farmers, mechanics and green grocers” who were united in their opposition to the al-Assad regime.
As we mentioned in our recent piece, northern Syria, and parts of the south, were especially hard hit by the last five years of drought, and were experiencing unrest well before the protest movement started, with rural farmers moving en masse to the cities, discontent rising, and the al-Assad regime refusing journalist access to both displaced farmers and the Agriculture Ministry.
The section on Syria begins at 0:52.