Blogs & Opinion


A Tale of Two Policies: Climate Change, Trump, and he U.S. Military

19 January 2018 | Sean Mowbray

The U.S. government appears to be of two minds, with utterly opposing worldviews, on climate change policy.   On one hand, the Trump Administration has pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, has...

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China Is Stealthily Waging a Water War

15 January 2018 | Brahma Chellaney

While international attention remains on China's recidivist activities in the South China Sea's disputed waters, Beijing is also focusing quietly on other waters – of rivers that originate in Chines...

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Gas Wars: The First Energy Conflict in 2018

12 January 2018 | ZeroHerge

The eastern Mediterranean is expected to witness the first conflict of 2018, as developments at the end of 2017 are signaling worsening relationships between Turkey and the Greek Cypriot-Greece-Israe...

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Colombia: Extractivist Pax vs. Peace with Social and Environmental Justice

12 January 2018 | Tatiana Roa Avendaño

During the last few years, arguments have been put forward to defend the aggressive territorial occupation by oil companies, even in places with no extraction history. Throughout 2016, the importance...

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Can the EU Revive a Troubled Scheme against Conflict Diamonds?

12 January 2018 | Vince Chadwick and Lisa Cornish

The European Union began its year-long leadership of the global effort against conflict diamonds this month, pledging to focus on “effectiveness” and “dialogue.” But observers say the notion...

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Nuclear Fusion Is Coming, but Will It Power Peace or War?

12 January 2018 | John Draper and Peerasit Kamnuansilpa

Last month, the European Union-hosted International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) announced it was halfway to completing initial operation, meaning it will begin testing of fusion power ge...

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Chocó at Epicenter of Colombia’s Social, Environmental Conflicts

12 January 2018 | Maximo Anderson

One wet November morning deep within Colombia’s western rainforest of Chocó, rebel fighters of the National Liberation Army (ELN) scattered across a muddy football pitch in groups of eight to...

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As Afghanistan’s Mining Race Stalls, the Taliban and ISIS Tap into Illegal Mines

5 January 2018 | Matthew C. DuPée

Afghanistan has some of the richest mineral deposits in the world, but extracting them has proven difficult amid years of instability and war. There were modest signs of improvement in 2017, most nota...

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Creating New Tools for the Job

3 January 2018 | Lydia Cardona

Headlines about scarce natural resources driving or causing conflicts are not hard to find. Threats of war over the control and use of natural resources – such as oil, timber and water- become more...

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Water Shortages Could Trigger Asia Conflicts

30 December 2017 | Brahma Chellaney

In recent weeks, one of the most pristine Himalayan rivers has mysteriously turned black when entering India from Tibet, highlighting how China's upstream tunneling, damming and mining activities migh...

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