January 2005 - In November 2004, the US government recognized the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia under its constitutional name, the Republic of Macedonia. State Department spokesperson Richard Boucher described this as underscoring US commitment to "a permanent, multiethnic and democratic Macedonia within its existing borders." The recognition, on the eve of a potentially divisive referendum in the country, can be seen as belated acknowledgment of the achievement of Macedonia's political leadership since the country's declaration of independence in 1991. Despite economic and political pressure from its southern neighbor Greece, persistent military threat from Milosevic's Serbia to the north and high-profile tensions over the collective rights of Albanians within the country, which precipitated an armed insurgency in 2001, Macedonia has emerged as a candidate for EU membership, with all major political forces committed to interethnic accommodation and market democracy.
Countries that are overwhelmed by environmental problems tend to develop political and economic problems, writes Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies.
This article examines the implications of urbanization for intersectoral competition over water, not only in technical or economic terms, but also in terms of political and social dynamics as well as the possibilities to meet the water needs of growing cities.
The authors use population age structure and recent history of civil unrest to project risks of civil conflict into the future.
This essay asks whether and if so how the United States might employ new understandings of security in the management of Arctic waters issues, and in responding even more particularly to the prospect of intensified use of Russia’s Northern Sea Route.
This article traces the history of conservation efforts in the Brazilian Amazon, and then argues that repeated failure to understand or accommodate the political factors at work in the Amazon undermines efforts to protect the rainforest.
Issue 10: Appreciating the Complexity and Dignity of People's Lives: Integrating Population-Health-Environment Research in Peten, GuatemalaJul 07, 2011
From 1997-1999, a team of researchers developed a new environmental module for Guatemala's Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) that analyzed the rapidly changing population-environment dynamics in the Petén frontier region.
The 2000 issue of the ECSP Report features commentaries on commentaries address environment, population, and conflict; and trade and the environment. Table of Contents.
The UN system and its partners have ripe opportunities to capitalize on water’s cooperation promise while undercutting its conflict potential, write Alexander Carius, Geoffrey Dabelko, and Aaron Wolf in their policy brief.
Environmental journalism has flourished in China over the past decade. But different political systems, various stages of economic development, and editorial priorities have created a wide divide among Mainland Chinese, Taiwanese, and Hong Kong environmental reporters.