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Solomon Hsiang: Interpreting Climate-Conflict Results in the Journal of Peace Research Special Issue

Though we’re slightly late on this, we would be remiss to not highlight Solomon Hsiang’s second (and thorough) look at the series of studies in the recent climate change special issue of the Journal of Peace Research, which examined the relationship between climate change and different forms of conflict. His first round of commentary can also be found at his blog, Fight Entropy. The ‘climate-conflict’ field of inquiry is a relatively nascent one compared to the broader environmental security field, and this is a great look at some findings that will hopefully lead to more research.

Climate Change and Conflict: Journal of Peace Research Special Issue

The Journal of Peace Research has a special issue this month on climate change and conflict (January 2012; 49 (1).  As mentioned in the introduction to the volume, “The articles published in this special issue form the largest collection of peer-reviewed writings on the topic to date.”

The articles are currently available online, but read them quickly because in less than 30 days you will need a subscription for access.  The special issue covers a wide range of topics within the climate and conflict spectrum. The full contents, authors and abstracts are listed below.

Thanks to Geoff Dabelko of the Woodrow Wilson Center for the heads up on this.