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CCAPS Researcher Blogs on 2011 East Africa Drought

CCAPS researcher Joshua Busby discusses the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa in a five-part blog series published by the Duck of Minerva.

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A Region with Big Climate Vulnerability and Bigger Distractions

Lisa Friedman's piece on climate change in the Middle East and North Africa quotes CCAPS researcher Joshua Busby. "They just can't pay attention to climate change if they're dealing with transitions to a new regime and have broader political instability," Busby said. "That could just be a short hiccup, but I think at the end of the day, a country like Egypt -- barring a major political cataclysm -- I think they're going to have to have more of the scientific expertise to come to grips with the climate issue."

What Drives Climate Security Vulnerability?

While Africa is widely acknowledged as one of the regions most vulnerable to climate change, much of the current discussion on Africa, climate change, and security is of limited practical use to policymakers.  This has been due to unreliable data, a narrow focus on conflict as the only security outcome of interest, and insufficient attention to variations in vulnerability within countries. 

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Science and the International Politics of Climate Change

CCAPS researchers Idean Salehyan and Cullen Hendrix examine the issue of climate change and the lack of policy action in their article Science and the International Politics of Climate Change, which has been released in the current issue of the Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations.

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AidData, CCAPS, and Government of Malawi to Geocode Aid Information

Via AidData's April 2011 Newsletter: AidData and the Climate Change and African Political Stability Program (CCAPS) at the University of Texas are working with Malawi's Ministry of Finance to geo-enable aid activity information for better planning and coordination.

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CCAPS Program Launches New Social Conflict in Africa Database

As North Africa struggles to deal with protests, violence and changes of government, the rest of the world looks for answers as to how and why the chaotic situation in the region has developed so quickly.

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CCAPS Names Winners of Call for Papers on Environmental Security

The CCAPS program congratulates the three winners of the first CCAPS Call for Papers on environmental security. This Call for Papers was open exclusively to scholars from and based in Africa, and was jointly sponsored by the Strauss Center, the Institute for Security Studies, and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.

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CCAPS Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Deadline Extended

The Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program will offer up to three pre-doctoral fellowships for the 2011-2012 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 Research Featured by German Marshall Fund

The German Marshall Fund of the United States released CCAPS researchers' new paper, Mapping Climate Change and Security in North Africa, at a public event in Washington, DC last week.  The paper and the presentation explore how climate change may intersect with demographic, social, and political influences in North Africa.  Using geographic information systems (GIS), the team created maps that layer these influences and highlight areas of chronic sub-national vulnerability.

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CCAPS Partners with UNDP in Kenya

The CCAPS program is partnering with the United Nations Development Program in Nairobi in an effort to better understand, define and track international financial flows for climate change adaptation. A key component of this collaboration will be an internship jointly hosted by CCAPS and UNDP at the UNDP headquarters in Nairobi in the summer of 2011.

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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.