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Environmental Peacemaking

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How can environmental cooperation be used to bolster regional peace? A large body of research suggests that environmental degradation may catalyze violent conflict. Environmental cooperation, in contrast, has gone almost unexplored as a means of peacemaking, even though it opens several effective channels: enhancing trust, establishing habits of cooperation, lengthening the time horizons of decisionmakers, forging cooperative trans-societal linkages, and creating shared regional...
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Overview

How can environmental cooperation be used to bolster regional peace? A large body of research suggests that environmental degradation may catalyze violent conflict. Environmental cooperation, in contrast, has gone almost unexplored as a means of peacemaking, even though it opens several effective channels: enhancing trust, establishing habits of cooperation, lengthening the time horizons of decisionmakers, forging cooperative trans-societal linkages, and creating shared regional norms and identities.

This volume examines the case for environmental peacemaking by comparing progress, prospects, and problems related to environmental peacemaking initiatives in six regions South Asia, Central Asia, the Baltic, Southern Africa, the Caucasus, and the U.S.-Mexico border. The regions vary dramatically in terms of scale, interdependencies, history, and kinds of insecurity. But each is marked by a highly fluid, changing security order, creating a potential for environmental cooperation to have a catalytic effect on peacemaking.

Among the volume's key findings are these: that substantial potential for environmental peacemaking exists in most regions; that significant tensions from narrower efforts to improve the strategic climate among mistrustful governments can impair broader trans-societal efforts to build environmental peace; and that the effects of environmental peacemaking initiatives are highly sensitive to the ways they are institutionalized.

Contributors include: Doug W. Blum, Providence College; Ken Conca, University of Maryland; Geoffrey D. Dabelko, Woodrow Wilson Center; Pamela M. Doughman, University of Maryland; Ashok Swain, Uppsala University; Larry A. Swatuk, Universityof Botswana; Erika Weinthal, Tel Aviv University; Stacy D. VanDeveer, University of New Hampshire.


About the Author:
Ken Conca is associate professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland and director of the Harrison Program on the Future Global Agenda. Geoffrey D. Dabelko is director of the Environmental Change and Security Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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Editorial Reviews

Natural Resources Forum - Christopher Behf
The arguments developed in Environmental Peacemaking will be of extraordinary value, especially in shared watersheds, if we are to sustainably meet these needs.
Perspectives on Politics - Dimitrios Konstadakopulos
A provocative and invaluable book... makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the link between environment cooperation and peace.
International Environmental Agreements - Hilary Nixon
It should be of interest to scholars in the field of environmental security, environmental politics and international relations.
ECSP Report
Ken Conca and Geoffrey Dabelko have put together an interesting and useful volume on the potential linkages between environmental cooperation and peace... informative and well written... should be read by scholars and policy actors interested in the potential ways environmental cooperations might promote peace rather than violence.

— Rodger A. Payne

Natural Resources Forum
The arguments developed in Environmental Peacemaking will be of extraordinary value, especially in shared watersheds, if we are to sustainably meet these needs.

— Christopher Behf

Perspectives on Politics
Provocative and invaluable... makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the link between environment cooperation and peace.

— Dimitrios Konstadakopulos

American Political Science Review
A provocative and invaluable book... makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the link between environment cooperation and peace.

— Dimitrios Konstadakopulos

International Environmental Agreements
It should be of interest to scholars in the field of environmental security, environmental politics and international relations.

— Hilary Nixon

ECSP Report - Rodger A. Payne
Ken Conca and Geoffrey Dabelko have put together an interesting and useful volume on the potential linkages between environmental cooperation and peace... informative and well written... should be read by scholars and policy actors interested in the potential ways environmental cooperations might promote peace rather than violence.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801871924
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1902
  • Series: Woodrow Wilson Center Press Ser.
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Conca is associate professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland and director of the Harrison Program on the Future Global Agenda. Geoffrey D. Dabelko is director of the Environmental Change and Security Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Tables, Maps, and Figure
Acknowledgments
About the Editors and Contributors
1 The Case for Environmental Peacemaking 1
2 Environmental Cooperation and Regional Peace: Baltic Politics, Programs, and Prospects 23
3 Environmental Cooperation in South Asia 61
4 The Promises and Pitfalls of Environmental Peacemaking in the Aral Sea Basin 86
5 Environmental Cooperation for Regional Peace and Security in Southern Africa 120
6 Beyond Reciprocity: Governance and Cooperation around the Caspian Sea 161
7 Water Cooperation in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region 190
8 The Problems and Possibilities of Environmental Peacemaking 220
Index 235
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