Drought ignites tribal conflicts in Southern Iraq

August 17 - 2020
  • armed conflict
  • Conflict drivers
  • drought
  • climate security
Disputes over water resources make up roughly 10% of the ongoing tribal conflicts in Southern Iraq. The disputes are subject to an increase in the light of recurring droughts caused by decreasing water flow from Tigris and Euphrates, radical environmental changes, and poor management. The droughts pose a serious threat to the fragile stability in the south, but local experts and communities come up with solutions to alleviate the tension.

Climate and Security in the Indo-Asia Pacific

August 10 - 2020
  • climate security
  • climate change
  • Climate-Related Security Risks
The Indo-Asia Pacific region is highly exposed to climate change-driven hazards, including extreme hydrometeorological and heat events, sea-level rise and acidifying oceans. A new report by the Expert Group of the International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS) presents an overview of climate change-related threats to security in the Indo-Asia Pacific region and urges Indo-Asia Pacific leaders to make climate change a “Security Priority”.

‘Water guards’: New book on environmental stresses in Iraq

July 28 - 2020
  • Watersecurity
  • climate change adaptation
  • middle east
A new book on environmental challenges related to water scarcity and biodiversity degradation in Iraq is published early this year. Planetary security Initiative interviewed the author, Khaled Sulaiman, to know more about his book, his views on Iraq's upcoming challenge and the role of journalism in bringing different actors together to develop long-term solutions.

Europe's approach in the Horn on climate security risks

July 28 - 2020
  • horn of Africa
  • European Union
  • conflict prevention
A new policy paper by the Climate Security Expert Network and European Institute of Peace explores climate – conflict nexus in the Horn of Africa. The study summaries the science on the linkages between climate change and violence in the region, and presents an overview of how the EU and other European actors are approaching climate-related security risks in the Horn of Africa.