Blogs & Opinion


How Trump Can Understand the Dangers We Face in the "Age of Consequences"

14 March 2017 | Jordan Brunner

The Climate Security Act of 2007 was introduced by Senator Joe Lieberman and Senator John Warner, both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee keenly aware of the dangers that climate change po...

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15 Years of Environmental Peacemaking: Overcoming Challenges and Identifying Opportunities for Cooperation

13 March 2017 | Sreya Panuganti

As the 1990s drew to a close, there was a sense that much of the momentum gained at the first Earth Summit on sustainable development, a positive, affirming environmental narrative, was waning.   W...

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New Data on Ukraine Conflict's Environmental Risks Supports Calls for Comprehensive Assessment

13 March 2017 | Toxic Remnants of War Network

With the threats that the Ukraine conflict poses to the environment once again in the news, Zoï Environment Network has released new maps on the environmental consequences of the conflict. With both...

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Trump's Case for Taking the Oil and Obama's State-Building Failure in Iraq

13 March 2017 | Carlo Jose Vicente Caro

A few weeks ago General Jim Mattis was in Baghdad to analyze the security and political situation there. While there, he told reporters, "We're not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil." This contradicted...

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Ecocide: The Need for a New International Law to Criminalise the Destruction of the Environment

12 March 2017 | Harry Wright

In 2015, our planet witnessed one of the worst environmental crimes in history, the burning and incineration of the Indonesian rainforest perpetrated allegedly by palm oil companies. It led to the des...

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Water Wars: Sun and Sand in the South China Sea

10 March 2017 | Jimmy Chalk and Sarah Grant

China claimed progress on a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea this week, and the country’s bold plans to turn the Paracels into a tourist haven took steps forward.   In Beijing, Hainan provin...

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From Conflict to Communities: Forests in Liberia

10 March 2017 | John C. Cannon

Charles Taylor, who led the rebellion that began in 1989, funneled revenue from selling timber, as well as diamonds, iron ore, and rubber, into weapons purchases and building his own wealth. When he w...

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What the Potential Repeal of Dodd-Frank Means for Conflict Minerals

9 March 2017 | Jabil

The Dodd-Frank Act was signed into law in 2010 as a response to the 2008 financial crisis. As the most far-reaching Wall Street reform in history, the main purpose of Dodd-Frank was to prevent the...

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Future of DR Congo Mining Could Be on Rocky Ground if US Dodd Frank 1502 Rolled Back

7 March 2017 | Laura Angela Bagnetto

The future of mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo could be changed forever as watchdog agencies, Congolese non-governmental organizations, and American businesses are watching the US Trump adm...

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Here's Why Nations Go to War Over Water

6 March 2017 | George Friedman and Allison Fedirka

Access to and control over water is a strategic imperative for all countries. As such, it has been a source of conflict throughout history.   Water access can impact a country’s geopolitics in many...

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