Climate change and violent conflict: A critical reflection’
Prominent in many policy documents on the consequences of climate change is an increase in armed conflict. The empirical evidence, however, remains thin. Furthermore, a closer look at the potential links between climate change and violent conflict reveals the importance of context and politics. The speaker will introduce and comment on main strands of current research on the topic focusing on his own research on the consequences of disasters for violent conflict.
Michael Brzoska was trained as an economist and political scientist and has for several decades worked various aspects of the political economy of conflict, security and peace. His current main field of research are the security implications of climate change. He is affiliated as Senior Research Fellow with the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University Hamburg, Germany, and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Sweden. He currently is a guest researcher at Stellenbosch University.