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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Crisis in Lake Chad: Tackling Climate-Fragility Risks

17 October, 2017 by Stella Schaller (adelphi)


While attention in the United States is focused on the disasters in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, a crisis across the Atlantic is rapidly becoming one of the worst humanitarian disasters since World War II. In the Lake Chad basin of West Africa, about 17 million people are threatened by extreme food insecurity and widespread violence.

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Overlooked and Misunderstood: Stories About Climate, Conflict, and Migration

11 October, 2017 by Bethany N. Bella


Barbuda—an island once full of people—has been rendered completely uninhabitable by Hurricane Irma. Every single resident was evacuated from the island, and some are not planning to return. Yet despite the magnitude of the problem, it is largely ignored in mainstream media coverage.

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Tussles over the role of climate change in the Syrian uprising

04 October, 2017 by Adrien Detges adelphi

The Syrian crisis and the multi-year drought that preceded it have become emblematic of contemporary discussions about the possible security implications of climate change. Jan Selby and colleagues argue in a recent study that there is insufficient evidence to support a significant link between climate change, drought and violent conflict in Syria. Adrien Detges (adelphi) takes a close look at this study and provides an outlook on the points and critiques raised by it.

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Lake Chad Basin: One long climate catastrophe

28 September, 2017

Climate change is feeding poverty, instability, hunger and violence in the Lake Chad basin.

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INTERVIEW: Seeing Climate Migration through the Human Rights Lens

25 September, 2017

Climate change is having serious impacts on millions of people across the world and affects the full spectrum of human rights. Climate migrants are particularly hard-hit when people lose their livelihoods, homelands and legal entitlements. However, the global climate change and human rights regimes are not easily reconciled. We spoke with Dr. Anja Mihr, human rights researcher and Director of the Center on Governance through Human Rights, about human-rights-based approaches to climate challenges and the role of foreign policy.

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The Fragility of Cities

19 September, 2017 by Janani Vivekananda

As climate change drives more people from rural to urban settings, how will already fragile cities cope? What must be done to ensure that all cities are safe, sustainable places to live?

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Development and Disasters — A Deadly Combination Well Beyond Houston

08 September, 2017 by Andrew Revkin (ProPublica)

The consequences of Houston’s historic inundation, in deaths and dollars, are nowhere near fully tallied. Indeed, the economic costs will take months to calculate, and years to overcome.

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Water Stress, Instability and Violent Extremism in Nigeria

22 August, 2017 by Marcus King

Nigeria is ranked among the most fragile states in the world. The country faces significant water challenges, which vary greatly from one region to another. Weak governance exacerbates these water challenges, while conflicts over water resources make governance more difficult.

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Editor’s Pick: 10 Violent Water Conflicts

21 August, 2017 by adelphi

Editors Pick Water and Conflict

Climate change and environmental degradation are altering the regional and seasonal availability and quality of water. The resulting competition over water use may lead to conflict and sometimes violence. In our Editor’s Pick, we present 10 case studies from our interactive ECC Factbook that analyse the linkages between water and conflict.

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Special Report: What will become of Bangladesh’s climate migrants?

25 August, 2017 by Megan Darby Climate Home

After cyclone Aila hit the coast of Bangladesh in 2009, migration has become the only option for many families whose livelihoods where impaired by the resulting floodings. In this special report, personal stories from Khulna give an insight into how vulnerable populations are affected by climate impacts.

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Water-Energy Nexus in the Himalayas

10 August, 2017 by Keith Schneider


The region at the base of the Himalayas faces difficult tradeoffs when allocating water for energy production versus agricultural, industrial, and domestic uses. As weather patterns are becoming irregular, the construction of new power plants faces increasing resistance from local communities, resulting in social disruptions and instability. Keith Schneider argues that governments must look beyond hydropower and coal.

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