A recent study by Population Action International (PAI), The Shape of Things To Come: Why Age Structure Matters to a Safer, More Equitable World, provides a timely illustration of population trends and their current interpretations.
The Environmental Change and Security Project recently provided input to a high-level UN panel convened to analyze emerging global security threats. Panel member and former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft asked a group of international experts to recommend ways the UN could mitigate the threats posed by climate change, population growth, and other environmental problems.
The Woodrow Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) maintains The New Security Beat blog, which provides frequent updates and commentary on the latest news, reports, and resources on population, environment, and security. The Brazil Institute contributes commentary, analysis and major news and publications reviews on new security issues in Brazil, focusing on the Amazon and biofuels. Read the most recent post on how "Prostitution, Agriculture, Development Fuel Human Trafficking in Brazil".
This chapter identifies ten methodological, analytical, and substantive opportunities for future research, and five areas in which focused analysis could bolster policymaking.
This summer, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission adopted new regulations requiring oil, gas, and mineral companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges to report payments to foreign governments. The aim of the effort is to reduce the kind of corruption and insecurity seen in places like Angola, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo – sometimes called the “resource curse.” But, argues Wilson Center scholar Jeff Colgan, it may also help reduce international conflict between more developed countries as well.
JUNE 2007—Briefing Paper Offers Comprehensive Strategy for U.S. Policymakers
This article argues that, while the interconnections between the environment and conflict are many and complex, the likelihood of large-scale warfare over renewable resources is small. Nonetheless, environmental difficulties do render many people insecure.
DECEMBER 2005--Bill Shows US Commitment to Global Access to Water, Sanitation
The authors use population age structure and recent history of civil unrest to project risks of civil conflict into the future.
Wilson Center Hosts "The US and the UN: Working Together to Achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals"