The original version of this article appeared on ECSP's blog, New Security Beat.

If 2011 was the year of political demography, then 2012 was perhaps when the full intersection of natural resource management, population dynamics, development, and security came into focus. The U.S. drought; global food price spikes; the return of famine in the Sahel and Horn of Africa; continued unrest in youthful countries across the Middle East; the Rio+20 and London Family Planning summits; new oil and mineral development in unstable countries; and increasingly more noticeable climate change around the world – all were big stories that brought the intersection of these issues to the forefront.

Here are the most popular stories of 2012 for ECSP's blog, New Security Beat, measured by unique pageviews:

1. In Mongolia, Climate Change and Mining Boom Threaten National Identity, Kate Diamond

2. PRB’s 2012 World Population Data Sheet, Carolyn Lamere

3. Yemen: Revisiting Demography After the Arab Spring, Elizabeth Leahy Madsen

4. U.S. Drought, Climate Change Could Lead to Global Food Riots, Political Instability, Graham Norwood

5. Sex and World Peace: How the Treatment of Women Affects Development and Security, Kate Diamond

6. Global Water Security Calls for U.S. Leadership, Says Intelligence Assessment, Schuyler Null

7. Water and Population: Limits to Growth?, Laurie Mazur

8. Stress Levels of Major Global Aquifers Revealed by Groundwater Footprint Study, Carolyn Lamere

9. Population and Sustainability in an Unequal World, Laurie Mazur

10. Nile Basin at a Turning Point as Political Changes Roil Balance of Power and Competing Demands Proliferate, Carolyn Lamere

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