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CCAPS Research Highlighted in Report on Climate Change and Fragile States

The International Institute for Sustainable Development released a workshop report, Climate Change and Fragile States: Resilient Development and the Struggle for Security, which features research from the CCAPS program on African states' vulnerability to climate change. 

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Experts Weigh In on Climate, Migration, and Security

CCAPS researcher Clionadh Raleigh is featured in a video series by the Climate Change, Migration, and Security project at the Center for American Progress. Clionadh Raleigh, who is an Assistant Professor of Trinity College Dublin, discusses whether there is a relationship between climate change and civil war and other links between the environment and violence.

New Research on Climate and Conflict Links Shows Challenges for the Field

A recent posting by New Security Beat, the blog of the Environmental Change and Security Program at the Wilson Center, features Joshua Busby's research on climate security vulnerability. Joshua Busby and his team have developed a composite index to map climate security vulnerability in Africa and have identified southern Somalia, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo as vulnerable regions.

Africa: Storms Ahead

The blog of the Wilson Quarterly highlights Cullen Hendrix and Idean Salehyan's article in the Journal of Peace Research on Climate Change, Rainfall, and Social Conflict in Africa.

Call for Applications: CCAPS Pre-Doctoral Fellowship 2012-2013

The Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program will offer up to three pre-doctoral fellowships for the 2012-2013 academic year. The CCAPS pre-doctoral fellowship program aims to stimulate the development of the next generation of researchers and thought leaders on the topic of climate change and political stability in Africa.

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CCAPS to Discuss Climate Security Vulnerability at UNFCCC COP 17

CCAPS program researchers will present climate aid, security, and conflict research at several side events at the UNFCCC COP 17 negotiations in Durban over the next week. CCAPS researchers will also unveil a prototype of the program's new dynamic mapping tool, which explores the relationship between climate change vulnerability, conflict patterns, and international aid allocations.

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Better Tracking of Adaptation Aid

In a new research brief released today, CCAPS researchers Kate Weaver and Christian Peratsakis discuss why identifying where development aid has been effectively deployed is critical to addressing climate security risks and building adaptive capacity in Africa. The research brief - Can Better Tracking of Adaptation Aid Reduce Climate Change Vulnerabilities on the Ground? - outlines CCAPS work to geocode all aid projects in Malawi. The work is a collaboration between CCAPS, the Ministry of Finance of Malawi, Development Gateway, and AidData to assess how adaptation fits within development efforts in the country.

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CCAPS Report: Mapping and Modeling Climate Security Vulnerability

The CCAPS Program released a report today on defining, measuring, and modeling the concept of climate security vulnerability. The report, Mapping and Modeling Climate Security Vulnerability, delves into the findings of a CCAPS workshop held at the University of Texas at Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs in May 2011.

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The Big Question in Climate Vulnerability

In the third installment of "The Big Question" series by the University of Texas at Austin, Josh Busby, assistant professor in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, responds to the question "What in your field could make the world a better place?"

CCAPS Launches Social Conflict in Africa Database Version 2.0

The Social Conflict in Africa Database (SCAD) Version 2.0, released today by the CCAPS Program, is a growing resource for research and analysis on social and political unrest in Africa. The database includes a range of social conflict events not systematically tracked in other conflict datasets, including riots, strikes, protests, coups, and communal violence. By tracking forms of conflict not covered in traditional datasets on civil and interstate war, SCAD gives policymakers and researchers new tools to analyze conflict patterns.

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CCAPS Mapping Tools Explore Climate Security

The CCAPS Mapping Tools visualize data on climate change vulnerability, conflict, and aid to analyze how these issues intersect in Africa.