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PECS News Issue 2 (Spring 2000)

PECS News Issue 2 includes:

Oiling the Friction: Environmental Conflict Management in the Niger Delta, Nigeria (Event Summary)

Environmental Cooperation for Regional Peace and Security in Southern Africa (Event Summary)

Forest Futures: Population, Consumption, and Wood Resources (Event Summary)

Progress in Gender Integration at the World Wildlife Fund Nepal Program - Melissa Thaxton

Violence Through Environmental Discrimination: Causes, Rwanda Arena, and Conflict Model (Book Review)

Hong Kong Conference Report: Section 7 (English)

A major focus of ECSP meetings and publications in Washington, DC has been to critique and explore the policy relevance of the growing body of research that posits environmental degradation can be a catalyst for various forms of conflict between nations, regions, and peoples.2 In addition to this environmental-security agenda, since 1997, ECSP also has been running the Working Group on Environment in U.S.-China Relations, which has aimed to foster dialogue among policymakers, NGOs, and academics in the United States and China on environmental and energy cooperation.

Hong Kong Conference Report: Part 2 (Chinese)

Through a generous grant from the U.S. Institute of Peace, ECSP organized a forum in Hong Kong to provide opportunities for 65 environmentalists and journalists from the three areas of Greater China to discuss improving the capacity of environmental NGOs and the quality of environmental reporting in the region. Part 2 (Chinese).

Conflict and Cooperation: Making the Case for Environmental Pathways to Peacebuilding in the Great Lakes Region

Opportunities for environmental peacemaking in the Great Lakes Region have not yet been isolated, even though there are many examples of cooperation at the national, regional, sub-regional, and local levels. This brief examines the possibility of using environmental management as a pathway to peace in the region. With its prevalence of conflict and transboundary ecosystems, the Great Lakes Region could be a potential model for a future worldwide initiative in environmental peacemaking.

Climate Change Politics in North America: The State of Play

This report contains papers from a two-day conference on Climate Change Politics in North America, organized at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, May 18-19, 2006. The conference papers and participants endeavored to critically examine key aspects and issues of North American politics and policymaking related to climate change. Edited By Henrik Selin and Stacy D. VanDeveer.

Mafia & Co.

Mafia & Co. provides an analytical perspective of the inner workings and expansion of organized crime in three Latin American countries. Juan Carlos Garzon, a Colombian political scientist, provides a comparative investigation looking specifically at criminal networks in Colombia, Mexico, and Brazil. Published by Planeta, this book was published in August 2008, with the support of the Fundacion Seguridad y Democracia and the Open Society Institute.

Toward a Society Under Law

Copub.: The Johns Hopkins University Press. Crime continues to undermine the rule of law and democracy in Latin America. The incidence and severity of crime reduce the community's trust in police and in government, and many attempts to address the crime problem have stalled. Directly empowering citizens has, however, been a promising avenue for change.

Crime and Violence in Latin America: Citizen Security, Democracy and the State

Violence and crime pose serious threats to the relatively fragile democracies of the region. This volume offers timely discussion by attorneys, government officials, policy analysts, and academics of the responses of the major actors in Latin America and the world to these threats.  The book focuses on citizen security from a variety of perspectives, examining case studies and offering policy recommendations based on the foregoing analyses.Order this book from Johns Hopkins University Press.