CCAPS and ACLED Launch New Data and Monthly Trends Report

CCAPS and ACLED launched updated conflict event data for all African countries from 1997 to 2011, with the updates including the North African Spring, LRA activity, and continuing violence in Sudan.

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Strauss Center Announces Recipients of Pre-Doctoral Fellowships

The CCAPS program has awarded its 2012-13 pre-doctoral fellowships to Sam Barrett of Trinity College Dublin, Felix Iyalomhe of Cà Foscari University of Venice, and Adriana Lins de Albuquerque of Columbia University. The three doctoral students will study under the CCAPS program and be in residence at the University of Texas at Austin for the 2012-2013 academic year.

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Where Are Donors Working in Malawi? A New Dataset Sheds Light

This week, CCAPS and AidData published a first-of-its-kind geocoded dataset from the Government of Malawi's Aid Management Platform. These data are also available through the CCAPS mapping tool, which enables users to overlay and visualize data on climate change vulnerability, conflict, and aid, and analyze how these issues intersect in Africa.

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Reports by Graduate Students Examine Climate Change and Security in Africa

The CCAPS program released four student working papers today by Master of Global Policy Studies students at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. The graduate student work is based on collaboration with CCAPS researchers as part of a year-long Policy Research Project course on climate change and security in Africa at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. The course was led by Dr. Joshua Busby and builds on the CCAPS vulnerability model developed by Busby and his team.

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The Strauss Center Uses Esri Technology to Better Target Aid

Esri released a press release on how the mapping tool provides insight into how climate change is affecting the security of African nations. CCAPS created the dynamic mapping tool in partnership with AidData for use by researchers and policymakers. Users can visualize any combination of CCAPS data on climate change, conflict, and aid on a map to discover how different forces overlap or intersect.

U.S. Defense Department Develops Map of Future Climate Chaos

The climate security mapping tool by the CCAPS program is featured in Lisa Friedman's piece in the Scientific American. The new mapping tool shows where vulnerability to climate change and violent conflicts intersect throughout Africa. "It's a starting point for a conversation," said Joshua Busby, an assistant professor of public affairs at the University of Texas. "These maps and this process of understanding climate vulnerability starts a conversation that gets people to start thinking about how we prioritize resources."

Integrated Dynamic Data Mapping Brings Climate Change Impacts into Focus

The CCAPS mapping tool is featured in an article by the Women News Network.  The Strauss Center's Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program has just released a pilot version of its new dynamic mapping tool which is set to revolutionize data analysis worldwide.

Mapping Tool Analyzes How Climate Change, Conflict, And Aid Intersect

The CCAPS program released the pilot version of its dynamic mapping tool today. In partnership with AidData, CCAPS developed the online data portal to enable researchers and policymakers to visualize data on climate change vulnerability,conflict, and aid, and to analyze how these issues intersect in Africa.

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Climate-Security a Reality, Not a Narrative

CCAPS researcher Joshua Busby's vulnerability research is highlighted in AlertNet's piece on climate security. Francesco Femia and Caitlin Werrell, who are founding directors of the Center for Climate and Security, examine recent research on climate security and the relationship between climate, security, and conflict.

CCAPS Researchers Examine Climate Change and Conflict in JPR Special Issue

This month, the Journal of Peace Research released a special issue on climate change and conflict that features two articles on CCAPS research: Climate Change, Rainfall, and Social Conflict in Africa, by CCAPS researchers Cullen Hendrix and Idean Salehyan, and Come Rain or Shine: An Analysis of Climate and Conflict Variability in East Africa, by CCAPS researcher Clionadh Raleigh and co-author Dominic Kniveton.

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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.