Climate disasters are a risk factor for conflict

Research findings shed light on how armed groups use natural disasters to streamline militant recruitment. Photo: Sven Lachmann, Pixabay

Of: Linn Above

A long and severe drought in Kirkuk, Iraq in 2012 led to many joining the Islamic State. Research findings indicate that recruitment to armed groups can be effective in the aftermath of the drought.

March 21, 2019, Report

The rhetoric that creates conflicts

According to Amnesty, 2017/2018 has been a year of political anger, and many political leaders have contributed to increasing the distance between people. Source: Flickr

Of: Molly Jerlstrom

Is the number of conflicts in the world increasing? Or will the world just become a better and better place, in line with Hans Rosling's fantastic message? What really triggers a conflict? In an environment that seems to be as full of "fake news" as of facts, it is difficult to know what to believe. To form […]

March 21, 2019, Chronicle

Climate and prosperity in conflict

The "yellow vests" are demonstrating in France.

The yellow vests in France come from a conflict between climate and prosperity. Photo: Patrice Calatayu (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Of: Clara Malmén

My first encounter with Des Gilets Jaunes ("The Yellow Vests") was when I was studying in Paris in November, at the same time as the demonstrations began. Molly Jerlström writes about the reason for the demonstrations in her column "Backlash for environmental reforms in France". Jerlström writes that the demonstrations were caused by a conflict "between an environmentally friendly policy and people's economic and […]

March 21, 2019, Chronicle

Climate Change as a Cause of Violence in Iraq

Of: Silvia Ulloa

Can the effects of climate change be one of the factors that drives the creation of violent terrorist groups? There are examples from recent conflicts that point to the dangers of climate change extending to the possibility of armed conflict and terrorism. This threat is directly related to the negative effect that climate change has on individuals' ability to earn a living, especially for people like farmers and fishermen that are dependent on the availability of natural resources.

December 19, 2018, English, Report

"We must never forget our vision of a peaceful and sustainable world"

Photo: Aleksandr Ledogorov, Unsplash

Of: Isabella Lövin

The Green Party stands for a large and effective aid where the resources benefit the most vulnerable people. International development cooperation is vital, at the same time as the work for a sustainable world cannot and should not depend on development aid. All parts of society must deliver if we are to succeed, writes the Green Party's spokesperson Isabella Lövin.

August 20, 2018, Debate

The Seychelles in self-examination with the help of a new peace research center

Of: Maja Brändström Nyström

Countless testimonies of violence have bubbled to the surface in recent months. After the coup 40 years ago, the Seychelles social climate has been marked by political repression. A newly started peace research center works together with the National Assembly for national reconciliation. - It is time to stop silencing this now, says a local cultural profile. Less than a year after […]

June 11, 2018, FUF-correspondents

State of emergency in Ethiopia following the resignation of the Prime Minister

Of: Deborah Solomon

Ethiopia has declared a six-month state of emergency following the resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on 15 February. The resignation came in an attempt to quell protests and unrest in the nation. The main cause for concern is that one of the country's minority groups, Tigray, has the ruling political power in Ethiopia and planned to expand the capital Addis Ababa to Oromia, […]

March 27, 2018, News