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Climate Change and Conflict – Dr. Moshe Terdiman

March 31, 2013

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Climate Change and Conflict

In the framework of this research project, Dr. Terdiman is trying to explain how climate change has been throughout history a cause for the breakout of conflicts over the control of natural resources, such as land and water, between pastoralist and agricultural societies throughout Africa. The research is also trying to examine the role of climate change in the breakout of the Darfur Crisis, the Arab Spring, and the current crisis in Mali as well as in Nigeria. The research is also dealing with environmental refugees and with some cases, by which it is showing that scarcity of resources can serve as a catalizator for cooperation. 

Dr. Terdiman claims that although climate change has never been the main cause for the breakout of conflicts, it is vital to mitigate its effects in order to prevent further conflicts from breaking out.

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