CCAPS Releases Research on Climate Change Resilience in Urban Africa

The CCAPS program released today two briefs on climate change resilience in urban cities in Africa. The first brief, Climate Change Resilience in Urban Africa: Part I: The Policy Challenge, examines the efforts made by ten African cities to develop resiliency to climate events. The second brief in the two-part series, Climate Change Resilience in Urban Africa: Part II: The Resilience Policy Agenda, first describes the policy system for developing urban resilience initiatives and then identifies the forces that shape local plans and initiatives to build urban resilience to the climate change hazards described in the first brief.

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ACLED Expands Conflict Tracking to Asia

The Armed Conflict Location and Event Database (ACLED) is now tracking conflict events in Asia as a part of the Strauss Center's new program on Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia (CEPSA). ACLED is directed by Dr. Clionadh Raleigh, Strauss Center Associate and Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sussex.

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ACLED info basis of recent article in the Economist

ACLED is the basis for "The Blight of Boko Haram", an article recently pusblished in the Economist.  This article details Boko Haram, a jihadst group, whose insurgency began in 2009 and continues throughout north-eastern Nigeria today. 

Todd Smith Is Guest Contributor on New Security Beat Blog

Todd Smith, PhD candidate at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and CCAPS research assistant, examines the relationship between food prices and sociopolitical conflict in the New Security Beat blog.

Moran and Raleigh on Policies to Address Climate-Conflict Links in Africa

CCAPS researchers Ashley Moran and Clionadh Raleigh, with co-author Yacob Mulugetta, published a new paper with the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change (GMACCC), exploring how local-level conflict and environmental data can assist policymakers and researchers in assessing links between environmental patterns and violence.

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Hendrix on Water Security in the Sahel

In CCAPS Research Brief No. 24, researcher Cullen Hendrix analyses water security in the Sahel region by examining a specific case study: Niger. Hendrix argues that Niger illustrates how strained water resources in a country can be "a source both of conflict and cooperation."

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Food Security Series Explores Ways to Combat Food Vulnerability in Sub-Saharan Africa

A new series published by CCAPS and UT's Innovations for Peace and Development program explores food security vulnerability in Sub-Saharan Africa. The four briefs delve into the implications of food vulnerability, analyze measures of resilience, and provide policy recommendations for increasing food security on the continent.

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New Comparative Data on Social Conflict in Africa and Latin America

In addition to covering social conflict events in 47 African countries, the Social Conflict Analysis Database (SCAD) has expanded its coverage to include 13 countries in Latin America, including Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean for the period 1990 to 2013.

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Investigating Targets of Social Conflict Events Using Newly Expanded Social Conflict Analysis Database

The Social Conflict Analysis Database (SCAD) includes protests, riots, strikes, inter-communal conflict, government violence against civilians, and other forms of social conflict not systematically tracked in other conflict datasets. The dataset has recently been expanded both in terms of the timeframe and location of events. Conflict events from 2013 have now been added, meaning the database includes events running from 1990-2013. In addition, the database now includes conflict events for all of Africa as well as thirteen countries in Latin America, in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America. These new locations have been added to enable cross-comparisons across regions. 

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New CCAPS Course Modules Explore the Effects of Climate Change on Development and Urban Environments in Africa

Two new course modules from researchers with the Strauss Center’s Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program seek to understand how climate change will impact two important sectors: urban environments and development aid.

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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.