Climate Change: Implications for Defence

The Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change (GMACCC), a institutional partner of the CCAPS Program, recently published a briefing entitled Climate Change: Implications for Defence. The document explores some of the key findings outlined in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5).

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Development Gateway Reacts to News of the Strauss Center’s New Minerva Initiative Grant

(From Development Gateway, May 30, 2014) We’re thrilled to announce the U.S. Department of Defense’s Minerva Initiative has awarded a $1.9 million grant to the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. As a Strauss Center research partner, Development Gateway will support the exploration of complex emergencies in Asia by creating a series of new dashboards to support high-level geospatial analysis and modeling. We hope to learn about the particular dynamics of these emergencies, and how we might build government capacity to respond to and prevent them.

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CCAPS Working Paper No. 4: Urban Resilience to Climate Change Challenges in Africa

In Working Paper No. 4, CCAPS researchers Dr. Robert Wilson and Todd Smith examine the responses and adaptations to climate change within ten African cities. Using a comparative case study approach, field research was conducted on the governance systems in Accra, Ghana; Alexandria, Egypt; Cape Town, South Africa; Casablanca, Morocco; Dakar, Senegal; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Johannesburg, South Africa; Kampala, Uganda; Luanda, Angola; and Maputo, Mozambique.

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Strauss Center Receives DoD Grant to Study Complex Emergencies in Asia

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law has been selected to receive a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Minerva Initiative. The Strauss Center research team, led by Dr. Joshua Busby of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, will explore the causes and dynamics of complex emergencies in Asia and options for building government capacity to prevent and respond to such situations. The Strauss Center’s proposal was one of only twelve selected for funding out of 261 applicants to the Minerva program.

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Institutional Capacity for Natural Disasters: Case Studies in Africa

In CCAPS Student Working Paper No. 6, a group of students led by Dr. Jennifer Bussell explores the causes of variation in government policies to reduce the risk of, prepare for, and respond to natural disasters. While the report focuses on ten case studies within Africa, many policymakers will find that the analysis can be useful to a broader set of cases, particularly in developing countries.

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ACLED Data Featured in BBC News Article

Data recorded by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Dataset (ACLED) was featured in a BBC News article by Nigeria analyst Andrew Walker. In his article examining the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, Walker references data collected by the ACLED team, which is led by CCAPS researcher Clionadh Raleigh. ACLED tracks the actions of opposition groups, governments, and militias across Africa, specifying the exact location and date of battle events, transfers of military control, headquarter establishment, civilian violence, and rioting.

ACLED Starts Weekly Releases of Data on Armed Conflict in Africa

Starting in May 2014, the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data (ACLED) Project will release weekly updates of its real-time data on armed conflict in 30 high-risk African countries. On Monday afternoons, the Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program will post the updated conflict data for download via the CCAPS ACLED page and the CCAPS mapping tool.

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ACLED Releases May 2014 Conflict Trends Report

In the May 2014 edition of ACLED’s Conflict Trends Report, CCAPS researchers Clionadh Raleigh and Caitriona Dowd examine unrest in Algeria and Tunisia, the ongoing crisis in central Africa, and the run up to elections in Malawi and South Africa. In addition, Raleigh and Dowd also discuss the recent events in Nigeria, drawing parallels between Nigeria’s Boko Haram and Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Climate Talks

CCAPS researcher Joshua Busby was featured in an interview for the spring 2014 edition of the Stanley Foundation’s Courier journal. Busby spoke about the current state of climate change negotiations and the chances of major powers one day reaching a future consensus. When asked whether 2014 will be a year of progress in climate change negotiations, Busby pointed to the Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the global economic recovery as reasons to be cautiously optimistic.

Confronting the Curse: The Economics and Geopolitics of Natural Resource Governance

CCAPS researcher Cullen Hendrix recently co-authored a book with Marcus Noland entitled Confronting the Curse: The Economics and Geopolitics of Natural Resource Governance. Hendrix and Noland look at why some countries with abundant natural resources are often plagued by mismanagement, exploitation and authoritarianism. In examining the idea of a “resource curse,” they call for international efforts to encourage greater transparency and improved management of natural resource wealth and for new partnerships between the West and the developing world to effectively "confront the curse."

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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.