Climate change and violent conflict: an understanding and analysis of their causal relations

Type

Journal Article

Author(s)

Islam, Md. T.
Nur, N.

Title

Climate change and violent conflict: an understanding and analysis of their causal relations

Year

2019

Journal

SUB J of Sustainable Environ and Dev

Vol (No), pp

4

Abstract

Climate change, which is a common concern to many has serious security implications in contemporary world. Many scholars have attempted to examine links between climate change and armed conflicts. Having this issue in consideration, this qualitative research paper aims to examine the extent to which climate change can contribute to violent conflicts. This paper has argued that climate change in its own does not lead to armed conflict, nor does its impacts do so. The effects of climate change, particularly climate change related environmental impacts and associated resource scarcity, and following migration of people once couple with other structural and socio-political factors can contribute to exacerbate existing conflicting relations between parties in destination area. For a fresh armed conflict, climate change may not a key factor, but could be a factor to create conditions for such a state. Considering these issues and factors, we can come to an inference that only climate change is not a direct factor, instead as a ‘threat multiplier’ to a great extent can contribute to intensify existing conflicting relations.

Citation

Islam, M. T., & Nur, N. (2019). Climate change and violent conflict: an understanding and analysis of their causal relations. SUB J of Sustainable Environ and Dev, 4. URL : http://www.sub.edu.bd/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Env-J-2019.pdf#page=7