ECSP Report 14

The latest volume of ECSP's flagship publication, ECSP Report 14, is now online-only. Articles address the demographic roots of the Arab Spring; the links between population dynamics and environmental resources like water, biodiversity, and food; and the potential impact of climate change mitigation efforts on conflict, among other topics. The ECSP Report is available on the Wilson Center website, the 'New Security Beat' blog, and

Dawn of the Smart City? Perspectives From New York, Ahmedabad, São Paulo, and Beijing

Four essays present perspectives on the ideas behind smart cities from New York, Ahmedabad, São Paulo, and Beijing.

After the Disaster: Rebuilding Communities

This report draws from the dialogue and seminar papers shared at an April 2011 meeting co-hosted by the Wilson Center and the Fetzer Institute to explore how best to respond to disasters. Highlighting the complex nature of disaster response and exploring ways to overcome the inherent tension between those responding to disasters and the local community, the discussion centered on how to identify the strengths of a community and use technology to better engage the local community and provide effective, sustainable relief.


Some of the most biodiverse areas of the world are also some of the most underserved when it comes to health care. The “FOCUS” series of reports highlights population, health, and environment (PHE) projects around the world that work to address the health of communities and their natural resources to enable more sustainable development in remote, rapidly growing regions.

ECSP/MHI Policy Briefs

Wilson Center Policy Briefs from the Environmental Change and Security Program and Maternal Health Initiative.

Our Shared Future: Environmental Pathways to Peace

This report draws from the dialogue and seminar papers shared at a January 2010 meeting co-hosted by the Wilson Center and the Fetzer Institute to explore the affect of globalization on natural resource issues such as water on local, national, and international levels. Examining the effect of environmental peacebuilding on communities, the discussion explored how governments, NGOs, the private sector, and other interested parties can generate positive outcomes while minimizing negative ones.

ECSP Report 13

The 13th issue of the Environmental Change and Security Program Report details the non-traditional security threats and opportunities facing the world today. "Environmental security is making a comeback," says ECSP Director Geoff Dabelko, "notably in the United States, where signs indicate that the next administration will tackle environment, population, health, and development challenges that impact security."

Asia's Future: Critical Thinking for a Changing Environment

Starting in October 2008, CEF and ECSP were charged by the U.S. Agency for International Development with investigating Asia's most serious environmental challenges. This report, focused mainly on Southeast Asia, identifies global trends impacting the environment, and highlights opportunities for USAID and other donors to improve environmental protection.

Water Stories: Expanding Opportunities in Small-Scale Water and Sanitation Projects

This report by the Wilson Center's Navigating Peace Initiative, examines alternatives to large-scale infrastructure projects in the water and sanitation sectors. Funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the study explores how lessons learned from small-scale projects can be effectively communicated and replicated worldwide.

ECSP Report 12

While the world focuses on war, authors in ECSP Report 12 argue that we should not miss the quiet – yet often more lethal – conflicts for shrinking resources, which are increasingly depleted by population growth, environmental degradation, poverty, and over-consumption.


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