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Research Published on Climate Change, Security in Africa

Fri, December 12, 2014
Research Published on Climate Change, Security in Africa

Ashley Moran, graduate student and Strauss Center associate director, has published a new paper, “Climate Change and Security in Africa: Clear Risks, Nuanced Impacts,” written with Yacob Mulugetta and Clionadh Raleigh. The paper is part of the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change series.

The paper highlights an array of vulnerabilities climate change creates for African countries, and particularly that climate change may trigger or accelerate conflict. Violence is also more likely in excessively wet and excessively dry climates, and these conditions affect the kinds of violence governments will be faced with, as dry periods are associated with rebel forces and wetter periods associated with communal militias.

The paper makes policy recommendations and identifies future research needs. You can read the Strauss Center Post and the paper.

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