A New Climate for Peace

Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks

This independent report, commissioned by the G7 members, identifies seven compound climate-fragility risks that pose serious threats to the stability of states and societies in the decades ahead. Based on a thorough assessment of existing policies on climate change adaptation, development cooperation and humanitarian aid, and peacebuilding, the report recommends that the G7 take concrete action, both as individual members and jointly, to tackle climate-fragility risks and increase resilience to them.


Resilience Compass

When climate change exacerbates conflicts and crises, resilience must be the compass for foreign policy. The Resilience Compass features news, reflections and opinions on climate change and fragility, with contributions from the Wilson Center’s New Security Beat, International Alert and guest authors.


Factbook, Readings, Events

This collection of resources complements and extends the analysis of the report. It contains an interactive factbook allowing users to explore case studies from around the world and provides background readings and contextualized report and event summaries.

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Climate Change and Conflict: New Research for Defense, Diplomacy, and Development

06 April, 2018 by Ellie Anderson

Climate is unquestionably linked to armed conflict, but exactly how and through what pathways is a subject of much debate in the academic community...

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Barren hills bring Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshis into conflict

05 April, 2018 by Pinaki Roy (Third Pole)

The impact of hundreds and thousands of Rohingya refugees have been devastating to the forest cover and water availability in Cox’s Bazar, fuelling resentments with the local population.

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UN Security Council discusses Lake Chad Basin: Areas reclaimed from Boko Haram must be stabilized

23 March, 2018 by UN News

Njamena Lake Chad

On 22 March 2018, the UN Security Council held a discussion on the causes of conflict and human suffering in the Lake Chad Basin. Chitra Nagarajan, adelphi’s partner in the G7 Lake Chad Climate-Fragility Risk Assessment project was one of the expert briefers. She along other invited experts highlighted the importance of forward-looking climate security risk assessments on the ground for responses to the crisis to be better equipped for promoting peace and sustainable development.

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Protecting farmers from climate impacts must become a priority

21 March, 2018 by UN Climate Change News

According to a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), between 2005 and 2015 natural disasters cost the agricultural sectors of developing country economies USD 96 billion in damaged or lost crop and livestock production. Almost all of these disasters have been directly caused or exacerbated by climate change.

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The Nuts and Bolts of a Climate-Conflict Link in East Africa

21 March, 2018 by Malin Mobjörk (SIPRI) and Sebastian van Baalen (Uppsala University)

Mali Conflict Army

A recent article in Nature Climate Change has spurred a new chapter in the lively scholarly debate over the potential relationship between climate change and violent conflict. Malin Mobjörk (SIPRI) and Sebastian van Baalen (Uppsala University) argue that although there are several forms of sampling bias in this field, researchers must pay deeper attention to the “nuts and bolts” that shape both climate-related conflicts and our understanding of them.

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Cape Town in crisis

21 February, 2018 by Leonie Joubert (South Africa)

Cape Town is dealing with one of the biggest climate change-linked water crises to face a modern city. This should serve as our wake-up call: we must transition to a new, shared way of organising around increasingly stretched resources, writes Leonie Joubert.

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On Streetlights and Stereotypes: Selection Bias in the Climate-Conflict Literature

14 February, 2018 by Adrien Detges (adelphi) and Tobias Ide (Georg Eckert Institute)

Scholarly attention to the links between climate change and conflict has increased. But which places are analyzed most frequently by researchers, and what are the implications of their choices?

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Climate change is triggering a migrant crisis in Vietnam

24 January, 2018 by Alex Chapman (University of Southampton) and Van Pham Dang Tri (Can Tho University)

The Vietnamese Mekong Delta is one of Earth’s most agriculturally productive regions and is of global importance for its exports of rice, shrimp, and fruit. The 18m inhabitants of this low-lying river delta are also some of the world’s most vulnerable to climate change. Over the last ten years around 1.7m people have migrated out of its vast expanse of fields, rivers and canals while only 700,000 have arrived.

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Lake Chad Crisis - Knowledge Hub

02 January, 2018 by Raquel Munayer and Stella Schaller (adelphi)

Lake Chad - the Role of Climate Security

The Lake Chad crisis is becoming one of the worst humanitarian disasters since World War II, and climate change is considered one of the drivers. About 17 million people are affected by the emergency, struggling with food insecurity, widespread violence, involuntary displacement, and the consequences of environmental degradation. This knowledge hub brings together all the relevant resources on the Lake Chad crisis and climate change, in the areas of policy, science and academia.

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Engendering Climate Change-Induced Migration

21 December, 2017 by Martina Angela Caretta (West Virginia University)

Migration is a gendered process which has been widely discussed. Yet, the connection between water related disasters, migration and gender has only been marginally investigated. 

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The “Most Important Issue We Face”: New U.S. Global Strategy for Water Emphasizes Health and Security

05 December, 2017 by Wilson Center Staff

“Water may be the most important issue we face for the next generation,” writes President Donald J. Trump on the first page of the first-ever U.S. Global Water Strategy. Prepared by the U.S.

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