CCAPS April Publications

In the month of April, CCAPS researchers released several new publications including a new course module on constitutional design and conflict management in Africa, the April 2014 edition of ACLED’s Conflict Trends Report, and a new regional report covering conflict and political dynamics in North Africa.

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Geocoding Aid in Malawi

In a recent video, researchers of the Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program discuss their work on geocoding official development aid activities at the subnational level in Malawi. Identifying where international development aid resources have been effectively deployed is critical to addressing climate change vulnerability and building adaptive capacity in Africa.

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CCAPS Researcher Cullen Hendrix on the Relationship Between Food Insecurity and Conflict

CCAPS researcher Cullen Hendrix was recently cited in a Slate.com article addressing the relationship between food insecurity and conflict. Noting that food has been an important political commodity throughout history, Hendrix pointed to the tendency among autocratic governments to keep the price of food artificially low through subsidies and price controls, thereby catering to the most urgent needs of those most likely to oppose their rule.

CCAPS Researcher Joshua Busby Featured in the Washington Post

In a recent article in the Washington Post blog “The Monkey Cage,” CCAPS researcher Joshua Busby discusses the recent Working Group II report released by the IPCC. While he supports a new focus on human security within the report, Busby stresses that climate vulnerability is not distributed equally around the world. Some locations are more vulnerable than others, given variation in local physical exposure, population density, community resources, and governance.

IPCC’s Working Group II Report Cites CCAPS Research

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s Working Group II report, Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, includes a chapter on human security and cites the work of four CCAPS researchers focusing on the nuanced relationship between climate change and human insecurity.

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Joshua Busby on the Links Between Rising Temperatures and Increases in Conflict

CCAPS researcher Joshua Busby was recently featured in a ClimateWire article exploring the links between rising temperatures and increases in conflict levels. Busby emphasized the importance of coherent findings among scholars on the issue of climate related conflict. He believes that the division among scholars on whether there is a strong climate to conflict correlation has profound effects on how policymakers will approach the issue in the future.

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ACLED and SCAD Release New Datasets

The Armed Conflict Location & Event Dataset (ACLED) and the Social Conflict in Africa Database (SCAD) teams recently released new versions of their datasets. In January, the ACLED team released Version 4 of its dataset, which covers political violence in Africa from January 1997 – February 2014, while the SCAD team released a version of its dataset covering African conflicts through December 2012.

 

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Mapping Aid in Malawi

CCAPS researchers, in collaboration with the Government of Malawi, Development Gateway, and AidData, led a first-of-its-kind effort to map nearly all official development aid (ODA) activities in Malawi at the subnational level. Open Aid Map, a new working paper published this week by the World Bank and authored by researchers at CCAPS and Development Gateway, delves into the methodology used to collect and geocode information on nearly 800 aid projects and 2,900 activities from 31 ODA donors in Malawi.

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The Political Geography of Climate Vulnerability, Conflict, and Aid in Africa

An article by CCAPS researchers Joshua Busby, Clionadh Raleigh, and Idean Salehyan was recently published in the March 2014 edition of Peace and Conflict. Their work examines the intersection of climate change, political violence, and development aid and how these forces influence African nation states.

CCAPS Researcher Cullen Hendrix Quoted in The Boston Globe

In a March 2014 article in The Boston Globe, CCAPS researcher and University of Denver assistant professor Cullen Hendrix was asked whether he thinks climate change will lead to an increase in crime. While he agreed that climatic factors can affect criminal activity and conflict, he also acknowledged the need for more scholarship on the issue, specifically in the research addressing the underlying causes of local and state conflict.

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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.