ECSP Report 12

While the world focuses on war, authors in ECSP Report 12 argue that we should not miss the quiet – yet often more lethal – conflicts for shrinking resources, which are increasingly depleted by population growth, environmental degradation, poverty, and over-consumption.

Issues in this Series

ECSP Report 12

ECSP Report 12 analyzes conflicts over natural resources, which are increasingly depleted by population growth, environmental degradation, poverty, and over-consumption. Complete report.

ECSP Report 12: Table of Contents and Foreword

Geoffrey D. Dabelko
ECSP Report 12 analyzes conflicts over natural resources, which are increasingly depleted by population growth, environmental degradation, poverty, and over-consumption. Table of Contents and Foreword.

Report From Africa: Population, Health, Environment, and Conflict

Complete set of commentaries on population, health, environment, and conflict in Africa by Wangari Maathai, Marc Ravalomanana, John Katunga, Milline J. Mbonile, Nana K. Poku, Anthony Nyong, Kenneth Omeje, and Patricia Kameri-Mbote.

Sustained Development, Democracy, and Peace in Africa

Wangari Maathai
When we manage resources sustainably and practice good governance, we promote cultures of peace, says Wangari Maathai.

Madagascar Naturellement: Birth Control Is My Environmental Priority

Marc Ravalomanana
My dream is that we can build a strong economy, invest in our people, and maintain the nation’s precious natural treasures, writes the President of Madagascar, Marc Ravalomanana. Family planning lies at the heart of all of these efforts.

Minerals, Forests, and Violent Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

John Katunga
Confiscation and extraction of natural resources made war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo “a very lucrative business”.

Population, Migration, and Water Conflicts in the Pangani River Basin, Tanzania

Milline J. Mbonile
The author describes how population growth and migration in Tanzania’s Pangani River basin—arguably the most waterstressed basin in the country—have intensified local water conflicts.

HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa

Nana K. Poku
Sustained human development is an essential precondition for any effective response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa, Nana Poku writes.

Climate-Related Conflicts in West Africa

Anthony Nyong
Natural resource-related conflicts are the predominant types of conflict in northern Nigeria, according to research by Anthony Nyong. Predicted climactic changes will affect patterns of distribution and availability, and potentially further exacerbate conflict, he writes.

Oil Conflict and Accumulation Politics in Nigeria

Kenneth Omeje
The author outlines the patterns of accumulation surrounding oil, and their implications for conflict in Nigeria.

Conflict and Cooperation: Making the Case for Environmental Pathways to Peacebuilding in the Great Lakes Region

Patricia Kameri-Mbote
The Great Lakes Region could be a potential model for a future worldwide initiative in environmental peacemaking, according to Patricia Kameri-Mbote.

Population Age Structure and Its Relation to Civil Conflict: A Graphic Metric

Richard Cincotta and Elizabeth Leahy Madsen
The authors use population age structure and recent history of civil unrest to project risks of civil conflict into the future.

Environmental Peacemaking: Conditions for Success

Alexander Carius
Alexander Carius identifies the conditions under which environmental cooperation best facilitates conflict transformation and peacebuilding, and which forms of negotiation or stakeholder participation have been particularly successful.

Health, Population, and Fragility: Insights From a Meeting Series

Frederick "Skip" Burkle, Sallie Craig Huber, Benjamin Loevinsohn, Ronald J. Waldman, Liz McBride, Emmanuel d’Harcourt, Seth Jones, Ross Anthony, Richard Cincotta, and Jack A. Goldstone
The series seeks to broaden understanding of health and population issues as part of the problem and part of the solution to instability challenges, as well as foster debate about the correlations between fragility and population dynamics.

ECSP Report 12: Reviews of New Publications

Evelyn Goh, Keely Lange, Stefan Elbe, Kyle Ash, Harley Feldbaum, Karen O’Brien , Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Jennifer Dabbs Sciubba, Jennifer W. Kaczor, Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Shlomi Dinar, and Joshua Busby
Experts review new publications.

dotPOP: Online Resources for Water and Sanitation

Gib Clarke
A compilation of key online resources for data on water and sanitation.

Upcoming Events

Experts & Staff

  • Roger-Mark De Souza // Director of Population, Environmental Security and Resilience, Wilson Center
  • Sandeep Bathala // Senior Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program, Maternal Health Initiative
  • Katharine Diamond // Program Assistant, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Benjamin Dills // Program Assistant, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Lauren Herzer // Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • John Thon Majok // Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Schuyler Null // Web Editor and Writer/Editor, Environmental Change and Security Program, Maternal Health Initiative
  • Meaghan Parker // Writer/Editor, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Sean Peoples // Multimedia Producer and Program Associate, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Geoffrey D. Dabelko // Senior Advisor, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Ruth Greenspan Bell // Public Policy Scholar
  • William Krist // Senior Policy Scholar
  • Louise Lief // Public Policy Scholar
  • John W. Sewell // Senior Scholar