At its root, the importance of the link between demography and war is the relative capacity of a given political unit’s population to aid in its defense or to threaten other political units, writes Monica Duffy Toft.
As Latin American nations work to combat poverty and underdevelopment, issues of environmental importance—from demographics to climate change—will come into play. Panelists discuss those trends and challenges.
Paper contribution to January 2010 seminar on environmental peacebuilding.
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JULY 2008—Benn, UK Government on Cutting Edge of Climate-Security Debate
Over one billion people lack access to adequate water. Almost two-and-a-half billion are without adequate sanitation. And two to five million people—mostly children—die every year from preventable waterborne diseases.
The ECSP Report 4 includes pieces on the role of environmental degradation in population displacement; U.S. population policy since the Cairo conference; and a synthesis of the connection between environmental transformation and conflict. The issue also explores forest plunder in Southeast Asia, and the U.S.-China relationship over environment.
Severe weather often makes headlines but longer-term trends in climate science often receive little, if any, media attention. This cover story from the October issue of Centerpoint explores some of the reasons, based on an environmental conference that took place at the Center over the summer.
The key to achieving sustainable growth in Ethiopia lies in reducing the rate of population growth, managing the environment, and building the platform for development, writes Sahlu Haile.
The earthquake and ensuing tsunami that struck Japan on March 11 has caused untold damage in the northern part of the country and taken thousands of lives. In the aftermath, Wilson Center experts analyze Japan's reaction to the devastation and discuss how things may change in the region looking forward.