Conflict & Climate Change

Mali and Niger have been dealing with constant problems of violent jihadis in the last years, especially since the fall of the Gaddafi regime in Libya. As this article helpfully explains, however, the reasons for turning to jihad often have more to do with herding rights or lack of government capacity than religion.

Similarly, this piece delves into South Sudan’s economic structure, and how the ongoing peace talks likely will not address the issues of cows, important for political, economic, and social reasons.

In addition, this piece, on a different region entirely, nevertheless echoes the same sorts of problems: climate change is changing entire societal structures, which has important mental health effects linked to public health and violence in populations around the world.

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Update: Columbia’s FARC

Colombia’s peace process may have been out of the news for a few months, but the peace process is slowly moving along. Unfortunately, however, protests against FARC’s inclusion as a viable political party have only continued. This could spell trouble for the successful completion of the peace process, as ability to contest elections politically is one of the key requirements the FARC made in signing the peace deal.