New CEPSA Brief "Governance as Vulnerability: Preliminary Lessons from Pakistan"

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and CEPSA researcher Paula Newberg, recently published a research brief titled Governance as Vulnerability: Preliminary Lessons from Pakistan. In the brief, Newberg analyzes Pakistan's recent legislation regarding climate change mitigation under analysis and demonstrates that Pakistan, while acknowledging the potential negative impact of climate change, also contends with comparatively minimal resources to combat the forthcoming effects of climate change.

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ACLED Releases September 2016 Conflict Trends Report

The September issue of the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED) project’s Conflict Trends Report analyzes recent trends in political violence in Asia. The report includes briefs on the uptick of riots and protests in India, with cow slaughter triggering caste violence; the rise in ISIS activity in Bangladesh, which includes July’s hostage crisis in which 20 hostages were killed; and an examination of the highly differing rates in political violence in the Pakistan- and Indian-administered halves of territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

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New CEPSA Dashboard Explores Climate Security Vulnerability in South and Southeast Asia

The Strauss Center's Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia (CEPSA) program has released the new CEPSA climate dashboard, an online platform that displays data on physical, socio-economic, demographic, and political insecurities to assess how these factors contribute to "climate security" vulnerability in South and Southeast Asia.

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Busby and CEPSA Research Team Release Climate Security Vulnerability Model 1.0

The Strauss Center's program on Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia (CEPSA) has developed a methodology to determine areas of climate security vulnerability in South and Southeast Asia. The CEPSA Climate Security Vulnerability Model v1.0 (ACSV 1.0), developed by Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Dr. Joshua Busby, CEPSA Consultant Todd Smith, CEPSA Research Assistant Nisha Krishnan, and former CEPSA GIS Research Assistant Charles Wight, currently focuses on 11 countries in Asia and identifies areas of chronic climate security vulnerability.

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Weaver and Krishnan Discuss Overlaps Between Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction

In their latest CEPSA research brief, “Beyond Emergency Relief: Tracking Aid for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management”, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Kate Weaver and CEPSA Graduate Research Assistant Nisha Krishnan discuss the relationship between climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM). These fields are normally discussed separately, but Weaver and Krishnan identify synergies between the two, and suggest that coordination between the two fields could reduce redundancy and costs. However, historical differences have inhibited this coordination. Weaver and Krishnan suggest a new aid tracking methodology to help integrate CCA and DRRM programs, using Bangladesh as a pilot.

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Busby and CEPSA Research Team Introduce Asian Climate Security Vulnerability Model 1.0

In CEPSA Research Brief No. 1 titled “Climate Security Vulnerability in Asia 1.0”, CEPSA Researcher Joshua Busby and his team discuss the climate-related hazard vulnerabilities of South and Southeast Asia and the growing threat of climate change in exacerbating climate-related threats. Asian countries have among the highest numbers of people exposed to the impacts of climate-related hazards, yet these countries receive less attention and aid than other regions of the world.

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Busby Presents on Climate Security Vulnerability in Asia

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and CEPSA Researcher Joshua Busby recently presented the paper “In Harm's Way: Climate Security Vulnerability in Asia” at the 57th International Studies Association Annual Convention, prepared in collaboration with CEPSA Consultant Todd Smith, CEPSA Research Assistant Nisha Krishnan, and CEPSA GIS Research Assistant Charles Wight.

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Busby to Present in Upcoming Workshop on Geospatial Analysis Disasters

The Research Center of Distributional Conflict and Globalization in collaboration with the GIScience Group at Heidelberg University will be hosting workshop titled “Geospatial Analysis of Disasters: Measuring Welfare Impacts of Emergency Relief” at Heidelberg University in Germany on July 18-19, 2016. Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and LBJ Associate Professor Joshua Busby will participate in this workshop which is designed to bring together researchers from the fields of economics, geography, computer science, political science, sociology, and other relevant disciplines to discuss the use geospatial methods for measuring economic losses and recovery of other welfare indicators after disasters.

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CEPSA Releases Updates to Asia Conflict Data for 2015 and 2016

CEPSA's conflict tracking conducted by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Dataset (ACLED) project is designed for disaggregated conflict analysis and crisis mapping. ACLED-Asia covers real-time information on political violence, riots and protests, and its most recent Asian Conflict Trends Report includes a general overview of the violence recorded in South and Southeast Asia throughout 2015.

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Kaiser-Cross on ISIS in Bangladesh

In a recent Foreign Policy article, “ISIS in Bangladesh: There’s still time to stop it, but only if action is taken,” ACLED-Asia Senior Research Manager and former UT graduate student Sarah Kaiser-Cross warns that jihadist terrorism is on the rise in South Asia. ISIS in Bangladesh has been able to exploit social and political fault lines in the country to increase its popularity. There have been eight attacks in the last six months, most of which have carried out by local disenfranchised organizations who have allied with ISIS. These small-scale, “lone wolf” style attacks are difficult to prevent and effective at spreading terror.

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