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Lessons on climate resilience and peacebuilding from Ethiopia and the Dry Corridor

Dr Farah Hegazi and Sandra C. Valencia

Poor and conflict-affected rural settings are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. To achieve the best outcomes for communities, peacebuilding and resilience-building should go hand in hand.

Going private (equity): A new challenge to transparency in the arms industry

Lorenzo Scarazzato and Madison Lipson

In the latest ranking of the world’s largest arms-producing and military services companies (the SIPRI Top 100), published in December 2022, two firms based in the United States—Peraton and Amentum—had recently been acquired by private equity firms. Both their arms sales were considered to have a high degree of uncertainty.

War in the breadbasket: One year in

Dr Kristina Tschunkert, Marie Riquier and Dr Caroline Delgado

It is one year since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The war has had a devastating impact on the people of Ukraine and shaken the foundations of post-cold war European security. But its repercussions have been much wider.

Climate change and post-conflict reconstruction in the Nineveh Plains of Iraq

Amal Bourhrous

A holistic approach is needed to post-conflict reconstruction in northern Iraq, which builds resilience to climate-related risks while addressing the devastating legacy of the Islamic State occupation.

Japan’s new military policies: Origins and implications

Dr Jingdong Yuan

Japan is undergoing the most significant changes to its security strategy since the end of World War II. What is behind these changers, what do they mean for Indo-Pacific security, and what challenges lie ahead for their implementation?

Language on Indigenous Peoples’ rights should stay in the new global biodiversity framework—for communities, nature and peace

Jürg A. Staudenmann, Dr Geoffrey D. Dabelko and Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim

Keeping the role and rights of IPLCs prominent in the new Global Biodiversity Framework could help to ensure that large-scale nature conservation is just, peaceful and effective.

Reducing climate-related security risks and building peace through adaptation

Katongo Seyuba and Dr Farah Hegazi

Climate adaptation can reduce conflict risks and support peacebuilding. But this will only work if social factors are given as much attention as the technologies.

Information challenges for humanitarian response to climate shocks in fragile settings

Dr Karen Meijer and Anniek Barnhoorn

As climate change intensifies, humanitarians working in fragile settings need timely, reliable information in order to mitigate the impacts of extreme weather and longer-term climatic trends on conflict dynamics. They should consider forging long-term partnerships with information providers.

What can we learn from China’s military aid to the Pacific?

Xiao Liang

The Pacific islands have become the latest front in the geopolitical rivalry between China and the West. This blog explores data and trends in China’s military aid to Pacific island countries over the past two decades, and its possible implications for regional geopolitics.

Taking climate security forward in the OSCE

Anniek Barnhoorn

A Ministerial Decision of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) last year opened the door for closer cooperation on climate-change related risks. How could the OSCE and its participating states build on this opportunity?