Blogs & Opinion


Water and Conflict: Fighting Wars over a Precious Resource

14 June 2017 | Peter Neill

We have been fighting wars over the most valuable resource on the planet since thousands of years B.C. We speak today of water wars as if they are a new development in history. But as the most valuab...

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Food Insecurity Strains Deepen amid Civil Conflict and Drought

13 June 2017 | UN Food and Agriculture Organisation

8 June 2017, Rome--Large agricultural harvests in some regions of the world are buoying global food supply conditions, but protracted fighting and unrest are increasing the ranks of the displaced and...

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Advancing U.S. Prosperity and Security in a Thirsty World

9 June 2017 | Jane Harman & Carter Roberts

The waters of Lake Chad sustain 70 million people in four countries. Beginning in the 1970s, the 25,000-square-kilometer lake began shrinking due to excessive drawdown for agriculture and mining. Now...

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Penn State Experts Promote Cacao as an Alternative to Illicit Crops in Colombia

9 June 2017 | David Pacchioli

As codirectors of Penn State’s endowed cocoa research program and professors in the College of Agriculture, Mark Guiltinan and Siela Maximova work together all over the world. Still, the email last...

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Beyond Humanitarian Hand-outs: Sowing the Seeds of Food Security in Syria

6 June 2017 | Dr. Anas Al Kaddour

Is it possible in the Syria conflict for humanitarian responders to look beyond immediate humanitarian assistance into resilience-focused work? It can seem near impossible, especially as public discou...

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Bailing on the Paris Climate Deal Would Be a Huge Security Risk

5 June 2017 | Rep. Raúl Grijalva and Michael Shank

The Trump Administration is poised to isolate itself from reality once again — this time by potentially withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate agreement. One-hundred-and-ninety-five co...

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Life after Myitsone

5 June 2017 | Joern Kristensen

After more than five years of uncertainty, it seems likely that the Myitsone Dam will be cancelled.   Such a decision would create a rare opportunity for dialogue between government and civil society...

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Understanding Gender, Conflict And The Environment

5 June 2017 | Alex Reid

The importance of gender in our understanding of the environment and conflict is often camouflaged. Take, for example, the infamous natural resource exploitation that characterised the conflict in the...

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Smuggling Away Myanmar's Chance for Peace

1 June 2017 | Tom Fawthrop

A government-led peace process aimed at ending 60 years of civil war has little chance of success, according to civil society groups, until the government comes to grips with a multi-billion dollar ja...

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The Nuclear Ban Treaty Needs Work if It’s to Deliver on the Environment

25 May 2017 | Doug Weir

In March this year, 132 states began negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons, seeking to resolve an anomaly that had seen other forms of weapons of mass destruction or indiscriminate effect b...

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