In the spirit of the Copenhagen climate negotiations I thought it would be appropriate to discuss Darfur in the context of climate change. Darfur is perhaps the first armed conflict sparked by environmental erosion –particularly drought- and judging by the severity of the fighting it is rather disturbing to imagine how resource conflicts between major armed powers (for example, competition for water between Pakistan, India and China) might unfold in the near future. Indeed, professional militaries around the world have already commissioned studies into the potential for climate change-induced warfare. For these reasons Darfur is more than another example of civil war, of which it is not even the latest, but a dark omen for a future that may well materialize around the world if the Copenhagen talks fail to decisively address climate change.
Archive for December, 2009
December 3rd, 2009
By Alexa Huffman
The Sudanese ambassador to the United Nations, Abdalmahmoud Abdalhaleem, says it is now the time for international peacekeepers to prepare to leave Darfur. This was in response to a United Nations report by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
December 2nd, 2009
NEW: The Darfur Digest has been relaunched as the Stand Digest. The December 2009 issue is now available.
The relaunching of the digest allows us to occasionally broaden our subject matter, while maintaining the main theme and message that the digest has always presented.
This month, we provide an insider view of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and discuss the challenges that this country continues to face. In addition, the digest continues to explore developments in three areas: The Negotiations and Peace Process, Humanitarian Affairs and Security, and Darfur in Canadian Politics.
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