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The Role of Climate Change in Armed Conflicts across the Developing World and in the Ongoing Syrian War

Anaïs Voski

Abstract: This study examines the causal relationship between warming temperatures and armed conflicts in the developing world, and specifically, in Syria. The goal is to find and establish a correlation between the two factors and to understand how their complex dimensions might be influenced by the political, economic, social and environmental context in which they take place. This has been done by examining studies from Africa and the ongoing war in Syria, where resource scarcities resulting from changing weather patterns and environmental mismanagement have contributed to current political, economic and social instability. By demonstrating the increasingly prominent role climate change plays in armed conflicts, this study highlights the security challenges of political stabilization and sustainable industrialization in weak states.
Keywords: Africa / Syria / war / armed conflicts / Role of Climate Change

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