How the United States can select and work with nonstate armed actors as stabilization partners

By Patrick W. Quirk, Prakhar Sharma From Central America to Mozambique, the Biden administration faces challenges emanating from fragile states. This is why addressing fragility must be a cornerstone of the forthcoming national security strategy and the administration should push to fully fund and implement the new “U.S. Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability.” […]

Somalia: How Climate Insecurity Could Trigger More Conflict

[The Conversation Africa] Climate change effects such as droughts, flash floods, erratic rainfall, disruption to the monsoon seasons, strong winds, cyclones, sandstorms, dust storms and increased temperature are being experienced across Somalia. These effects are affecting livelihoods, and contributing to local grievances and community tensions.

The Nature You See in Documentaries Is Beautiful and False

      This article is part of a new series called “Who Owns America’s Wilderness?”      It’s late afternoon, late pandemic, and I’m watching a new nature documentary in bed, after taking the daintiest of hits from a weed pen. The show is called A Perfect Planet, and it is narrated by Sir […]

Has North Africa turned too warm for a Mediterranean forest pest because of climate change?

Abstract Climate warming is inducing dramatic changes in species distribution. While many studies report the poleward range expansion of some species, some others report the range retraction and extinction risk of other species. Here we explore how climate warming affects the southern edge in North Africa of the pine processionary moth, Thaumetopoea pityocampa, which is […]

The long-range forecast for the future of the world is looking dark and stormy

A new 20-year-forecast for the world: increasingly fragmented and turbulent. The big picture: A major report put out this week by the National Intelligence Council reflects a present rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic. How the next two decades will unfold depends largely on whether new technologies will ultimately unite us — or continue to divide […]

Making space for women and Indigenous Peoples at the decision-making table

When CIFOR researchers Iliana Monterroso and Kristen Evans began investigating how to improve inclusivity in multi-stakeholder forums (MSFs), they had no idea that the research literature would yield some of the most obvious but taken for granted solutions, like providing childcare to boost women’s participation. MSFs are decision-making and dialogue platforms that occur worldwide at […]

Climate change will hit ‘endemic’ plants and animals the hardest, study warns

Plants and animals that only live in one region – known as “endemic” species – are expected to be “consistently more adversely impacted” by climate change than their less specialised counterparts, new research shows. The synthesis study, published in Biological Conservation, finds that more than 90% of endemic species will face negative consequences – such […]