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Environmental Change and Security

Environmental Change and Security

A European Perspective

Does a connection exist between environmental degradation, resource scarcity and violent conflicts? Global environmental changes, such as climate change and sea level rise, shortage of fresh water and rapid soil degradation increasingly highlight the dimensions of environmental change in foreign and security policy. To reverse these negative environmental consequences over the long term, comprehensive and preventive policy approaches are urgently required.

This state-of-the-art book contains numerous articles by renown German-speaking experts from different scientific disciplines as well as international and European political advisors and diplomats. Together they discuss the complex causes of environmentally induced conflicts and the political and societal mechanisms for conflict prevention.

The book can be ordered e.g. from Amazon at the price of 90,90 €.


Carius, Alexander and Kurt M. Lietzmann 1999: Environmental Change and Security - A European Perspective. [International and European Policy Studies]. Berlin: Springer.

English, German
Günther Baechler
Frank Biermann
Lothar Brock
Alexander Carius
Wolf-Dieter Eberwein
Irene Freudenschuß-Reichel
Kerstin Imbusch
Kurt M.Lietzmann
Volker R. Quante
Christoph Rohloff
Jürgen Scheffran
Evita Schmieg
Detlef F. Sprinz
Michael Windfuhr
Manfred Wöhlcke
Bernd Wulffen
Published In
Series: International and European Policy Studies
322 pp.
Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
List of Authors
Glossary of Abbreviations and Acronyms

Opening Address (Walter Hirche)

Part A: The Environment and Security Nexus
Environment and Security in International Politics - An Introduction (Alexander Carius, Kerstin Imbusch)
Environment and Security in the Context of the NATO/CCMS (Kurt M. Lietzmann)
Environmental Conflict Research - Paradigms and Perspectives (Lothar Brock)
The Role of Environmental Policy in Peace and Conflict Research (Michael Windfuhr)
Environment and Security: The Demographic Dimension (Manfred Wöhlcke)

Part B: Characterization and Taxonomies
Environmental Degradation in the South as a Cause of Armed Conflict (Günther Baechler)
Syndromes of Global Change: A Taxonomy for Peace and Conflict Research (Frank Biermann)
Conflict Research and Environmental Conflicts: Methodological Problems (Christoph Rohloff)

Part C: Modeling
Environmentally-Induced Conflict - Methodological Notes (Wolf-Dieter Eberwein)
Modeling Environmental Conflict (Detlef F. Sprinz)
Environmental Conflict and Sustainable Development: A Conflict Model and its Application to Climate and Energy Policy (Jürgen Scheffran)

Part D: Foreign and Security Policy Approaches
The Foreign Policy Dimension of Environmentally-Induced Conflicts (Bernd Wulffen)
Environmental Threats and International Security - The Action Potential for NATO (Volker R. Quante)

Part E: Environment and Development Policy Approaches
Preventing Environmentally-Induced Conflicts Through Development Policy and International Environmental Policy (Sebastian Oberthür)
Development Cooperation as an Instrument of Crisis Prevention (Evita Schmieg)
Should Security Policy Lay a New Foundation for Determining International Environmental Policy? (Sascha Müller-Kraenner)
Environment and Security in the Context of the Debate on UN Reform (Irene Freudenschuß-Reichl)


A Research Institutes in German-Speaking Regions that Work on the Environment and Security Nexus
B Internet Sites on Environment and Security
C Journals that Publish Articles on Environment and Security Regularly or Occasionally

The Authors

Environment, Security, International, Policy, NATO, CCMS, Conflict, Research, Peace, Environmental Degradation, Armed Conflict, Global Change, Sustainable Development, Climate, Energy, Crisis Prevention, Europe