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Assessing Climate Security Vulnerability in Africa: CCAPS’s new online dashboard

Africa_1971_2000_mean_temperatureThe Strauss Center’s Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program recently released a new online dashboard that allows users to assess climate and security vulnerability in Africa. According to their website:

CCAPS climate dashboard, an online platform that displays data on physical, socio-economic, demographic, and political insecurities to assess how these factors contribute to “climate security” vulnerability in Africa.” (more…)

Update: UT Austin Conference on Shifting Conflict Patterns in Africa

Water_distribution_in_Horn_of_AfricaThis coming April 15 & 16 at the University of Texas, Austin there will be a very interesting conference looking at shifting conflict patterns in Africa, and drivers of instability and cooperation.  The conference is co-hosted by the African Center for Strategic Studies, Climate Change and African Political Stability Program (CCAPS), the U.S. Africa Command, and the U.S. Army War College Fellowship.  The conference includes a very impressive lineup of speakers and an extensive look at factors both within and beyond the region that contribute to conflict and cooperation.  From the CCAPS website: (more…)

Upcoming Conference – Shifting Conflict Patterns in Africa: Drivers of Instability and Strategies for Cooperation

800px-Cairo-overviewThere is an interesting conference on the horizon in Austin, Texas.  Below are the details of the conference taken from the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law website. Additional information can be found here.

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The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, the U.S. Africa Command, the Africa Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University, and the U.S. Army War College Fellowship at UT-Austin will host a two-day conference examining the changing conflict landscape in Africa. The conference brings together policymakers, practitioners, military personnel, and scholars to share new research and policy options on conflict issues impacting African and global security.

Research Brief: “Ground Truthing” Vulnerability in Africa

UT Austin’s Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program just released a new brief highlighting the results of primary research designed to test CCAP’s vulnerability model, which focuses on the security dimension of climate vulnerability (in this case, “the potential for climate change to put large numbers of people at risk of death from exposure to climate related hazards.”) To test the model, and gauge the local understanding of and response to this climate-security challenge, the research team interviewed a broad cross-section of local civil society actors in “Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.”

Both the brief and the full report can be found here.

New Tool Maps Intersection of Climate Change, Conflict and Aid

UT Austin’s Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program, in partnership with AidData, has just released the pilot version of a great new “online data portal to enable researchers and policymakers to visualize data on climate change vulnerability, conflict, and aid, and to analyze how these issues intersect in Africa.”

See more at the CCAPS website.