Security and Defense Publications
The armed forces serve two important functions in the eyes of the East European political leaderships. First, they are a vehicle for maintaining political stability if the system is threatened from within. Second, from an external standpoint, to the degree the political leadership is able to field a modern, viable military, the regime's hand is strengthened in its dealings with the Soviets. Unfortunately for the East European leaderships, the historical record over the past forty years suggests that these militaries are of only limited utility in the first area, and, with the exception of the GDR, are becoming less valuable by the second.
The guide lists by theme literature that has come to the attention of ECSP in the past year on population, environmental change, and security issues.
Experts review new publications.
PECS News Issue 2 includes reports from events on environmental security in Africa, an article on integrating gender into WWF's programs in Nepal, and a review of Gunther Baechler's Violence Through Environmental Discrimination.
Using age-structure data, Richard Cincotta assesses the fragility of existing liberal democracies and forecasts when new ones will emerge.
The update section is designed to highlight the environment, population, and security activities of various organizations. The bibliography includes a wide range of publications, organized by theme, which relate to environment, population, and security.
The policy brief explores the security implications of climate change, and provides policy recommendations for strengthening the United Nations’ capacity to respond to climate-related security threats.
The Environmental Dimension of Asian Security: Conflict and Cooperation Over Energy, Resources, and PollutionJul 07, 2011
The Environmental Dimension of Asian Security: Conflict and Cooperation Over Energy, Resources, and Pollution describes and analyzes connections among resources, the environment, and security in Northeast Asia.
ECSP Report 4 includes pieces on the role of environmental degradation in population displacement; U.S. population policy since the Cairo conference; and a synthesis of the connection between environmental transformation and conflict. Complete report.
Event summary for Navigating Peace: Generating New Thinking about Water.