Blogs & Opinion


What Quantitative Analyses Tell Us about Climate Change and Conflict

15 May 2017 | Adrien Detges

In recent years, a growing number of studies have appeared that analyse the statistical relationship between climate change and violent conflict. Whilst this research offers a comprehensive and system...

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Climate Change in the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community

12 May 2017 | Caitlin Werrell and Francesco Femia

Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, released yesterday the 2017 “Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community.” Consistent with threat assessments and memorandums from th...

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U.S. Officials Promise No Change in South China Sea Naval Policy as Chinese Vessels Continue Extensive Patrols

12 May 2017 | Jared Dummitt

This week, American officials sought to allay concerns that Washington is failing to address China’s activities in the South China Sea, which have showed no signs of slowing. On Monday, U.S. Pacific...

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Fertile Ground: Climate Change and Jihadism in Mali

9 May 2017 | Colin Walch

Herders, farmers, and fishermen have cohabited the middle region of Mali, known as the Macina, for centuries. Conflicts were generally peacefully managed by local chiefs in charge of land and water. Y...

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The Big Melt: Curbing Arctic Climate Change Aligns with U.S. Economic and National Security Goals

8 May 2017 | Cathleen Kelly and Howard Marano

The new normal of unparalleled climate change at the top of the world is on track to set off an accelerating chain reaction of warming with serious implications for U.S. national security both in the...

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GAO Issues Annual Report Showing Only Slight Progress in Disclosures on Conflict Minerals

2 May 2017 | Cydney Posner

The GAO has recently issued its third annual report on conflict minerals. The GAO is required by Dodd-Frank to report annually on the effectiveness of the SEC’s conflict minerals rule in promoting...

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Manufacturers Win if Conflict Minerals Requirements Are Axed – But That’s Not Likely

2 May 2017 | Jennifer Hermes

Manufacturers stand to win if the current administration succeeds in its efforts to all but repeal The Dodd-Frank Act, which the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has called harmful and co...

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Chinese Delegation Blows up at Anti-Conflict Diamond Meeting to Sideline Taiwan

2 May 2017 | Robbie Gramer

Australia kick-started an international meeting on conflict diamonds, the Kimberly Process, on Monday with an indigenous-themed welcome ceremony. It was supposed to be a nice touch to give its interna...

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The European Conflict Minerals Regulation – What Are the Key Take away Points?

28 April 2017 | Paul Davies and Michael Green

The European Conflict Minerals Regulation (the Regulation) was approved by the European Council on 3 April, 2017. Publication in the Official Journal of the European Union will be the next step in the...

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De-Securitising the Indus

27 April 2017 | D. Suba Chandran

During recent years, water-sharing arrangements between and within countries in South Asia have been rife with multiple problems. Some of these have even led to episodes of violence — involving shut...

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