Thomas Homer-Dixon

25 results found for: Environmental Stress and Conflict

January 2nd, 2009 —

Straw Man in the Wind

The claim that resource stress is sufficient by itself to cause violence is easily refuted. One simply has to identify cases where resource stress was present but violence didn’t occur. Likewise, the claim that resource stress is a necessary cause of violence is easily refuted by finding cases of violence not preceded by resource stress. At various points in his article, Victor uses exactly these strategies to debunk the link between resources and war.

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October 30th, 2008 —

Climate Change, the Arctic, and Canada: Avoiding Yesterday’s Analysis of Tomorrow’s Crisis

Canadian policy makers should shift their attention and resources commensurately. While policymakers, wedded to an outmoded worldview, fret about what Arctic climate change might do to national power directly in the basin, human wellbeing could be devastated around the world by cascading consequences of shifts in the Arctic’s energy balance. Ironically, these changes could – in the end – do far more damage to state-centric world order and even to states’ narrowly defined interests than any interstate conflicts we might see happen in the newly blue waters of the Arctic.

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June 1st, 2008 —

Review of Helge Brunborg, Ewa Tabeau, and Henrik Urdal (eds.) The Demography of Armed Conflict (Springer 2006)

Can rapid population growth help cause civil violence, such as insurgency or revolution? How does war affect the population structure of societies? Is the science of demography a useful forensic tool in determining mortality arising from war crimes?

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April 30th, 2008 —

Podcast: Chicago Public Radio’s Worldview “Land Distribution Problems and Conflict”

A lot of people think that the rhetoric about the connections between war and the environment are too hysterical. Wars aren’t about oil, they aren’t about water. People think there is an over-dramatization of the connection between the environment and security. Jerome asked Thomas how he reacts as someone who studies the environment and security [...]

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September 24th, 2007 —

Podcast: SBS Radio “Environmental breakdown, or opportunity?” interview

“Environmental breakdown, or opportunity?” interview with Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon on the World View program on the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) Radio, Australia. Listen to the podcast:

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August 2nd, 2007 —

Cause and Effect

SRC Blogs – Climate and Environment, Making Sense of Sudan What does it mean when we say that one factor is more or less important than another in identifying the causes of social conflict? Thomas Homer-Dixon writes here on causality in complex systems, in response to Alex de Waal’s earlier post Is Climate Change the [...]

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April 27th, 2007 —

Terror in the Weather Forecast

Does climate change threaten international peace and security? The British government thinks it does. As this month’s head of the United Nations Security Council, Britain convened a debate on the matter last Tuesday. One in four United Nations member countries joined the discussion — a record for this kind of thematic debate.

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April 25th, 2007 —

Conflict in a Nonlinear World

On April 25, 2007, Thomas Homer-Dixon presented the Ingar Moen Memorial Lecture to the Science and Technology Symposium of Defence Research and Development Canada on “Conflict in a Nonlinear World: Complex Adaptation at the Intersection of Energy, Climate, and Security.”

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September 1st, 2006 —

Review of Colin Kahl, States, Scarcity, and Civil Strife in the Developing World, (Princeton University Press, 2006)

What is the relationship between environmental stress—especially shortages and degradation of cropland, forest stocks, and supplies of fresh water—and civil violence in developing countries, including insurgency, ethnic strife, and revolution? For more than 15 years, this question has been the focus of vigorous scholarly research across a broad range of disciplines, from political science and geography to sociology and development economics. The debate has been heated, often muddled, and all too frequently just an opportunity to advocate various ideological agendas. Colin Kahl has entered this debate with force, clarity, and insight. His new book will likely become the standard reference work on the subject and will set a benchmark for good scholarship in this rapidly developing field.

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January 1st, 2003 —

Exchange on Violent Environments

Environmental Change & Security Project Report, Issue 9 (Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson Center, 2003): 89-96. Thomas Homer-Dixon, Nancy Peluso, and Michael Watts on ‘Violent Environments’ (Cornell University Press, 2001) Co-edited by Nancy Peluso and Michael Watts, Violent Environments (Cornell University Press, 2001) provided a scathing critique of influential approaches to environmental security as well as [...]

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