The Changing Nature of Intra-State Conflict: The Environmental Connection
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This paper was presented at the Leadership Workshop on Environment and Security sponsored by Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in September 1994. The paper joins two themes of research: post-Cold War intra-state conflict studies and environmental security studies. The author believes that intra-state conflict poses profound dangers to the health of the global environment and suggests that such dangers may exceed those faced during the more conventional conflicts that characterized the Cold War. The author concludes that the dangers both environmental and traditional security analysts face are: focusing on symptoms and not the underlying causes of intra-state conflict, and attempting to impose our goals on others who cannot afford them (thus exacerbating both intra-state conflict and environmental damage).
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