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More than a decade after the images of flames devouring the rainforest focused international attention on the Brazilian Amazon, the fires continue to burn. This article traces the history of conservation efforts in the Brazilian Amazon and then argues that repeated failure to understand or accomodate the political factors at work in the Amazon undermines environmentalists' efforts to protect the rainforest.


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Margaret E Keck

Margaret E Keck

Former Fellow;
Professor, Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University
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Environmental Change and Security Program

The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental change, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy.  Read more