The Origins of the Syrian Conflict: Climate Change and Human Security

Author:   Marwa Daoudy (Georgetown University, Washington DC)
Publisher:   Cambridge University Press
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9781108466820


Pages:   267
Publication Date:   26 March 2020
Format:   Paperback
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Author:   Marwa Daoudy (Georgetown University, Washington DC)
Publisher:   Cambridge University Press
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 1.40cm , Length: 22.70cm
Weight:   0.380kg
ISBN:  

9781108466820


ISBN 10:   1108466826
Pages:   267
Publication Date:   26 March 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Tertiary & Higher Education ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Table of Contents

Part I. The Context: History, Geography, Security: 1. Climate change and the Syrian revolution; 2. The many faces of environmental security; 3. When geography rules history; Part II. Human-Environmental Climate Security: 4. Rules of ideology and policy: from Ba'athism to the liberal age; 5. Vulnerability and resilience: human-environmental climate security (HECS) in Syria; 6. Syria: a (hi)story of vulnerability, resistance, and resilience.

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'This excellent book seriously engages with the climate-conflict thesis that drought and climate change propelled the Syrian uprising. The lesson here that environmental ideology matters is important for Syria and the wider Global South. It should be read by anyone interested in understanding Syria's pre-conflict political landscape, especially those who remain convinced that climate change alone produced the conflict.' Samer Abboud, Villanova University 'Marwa Daoudy's book provides a much needed qualitative analysis of the complex relationship between climatic changes and political violence. By moving beyond simplistic claims that climate change causes civil wars her book adds a lot to our understanding of how climatic conditions relate to the causes and consequences of the conflict in Syria.' Thomas Bernauer, ETH Zurich 'Was the Syrian conflict caused by climate induced drought? This important book offers an insightful and comprehensive answer to this timely question. Drawing on original interviews, fieldwork, publicly available and classified documents she refutes the popular view that climate change was the main causal driver of this conflict and instead shines a light on elite driven unsustainable water and agricultural policies. An impressive book and a must read for anyone who wants to understand the complex nexus between climate change and security.' Rita Floyd, University of Birmingham 'This excellent book seriously engages with the climate-conflict thesis that drought and climate change propelled the Syrian uprising. The lesson here that environmental ideology matters is important for Syria and the wider Global South. It should be read by anyone interested in understanding Syria's pre-conflict political landscape, especially those who remain convinced that climate change alone produced the conflict.' Samer Abboud, Villanova University 'Marwa Daoudy's book provides a much needed qualitative analysis of the complex relationship between climatic changes and political violence. By moving beyond simplistic claims that climate change causes civil wars her book adds a lot to our understanding of how climatic conditions relate to the causes and consequences of the conflict in Syria.' Thomas Bernauer, ETH Zurich 'Was the Syrian conflict caused by climate induced drought? This important book offers an insightful and comprehensive answer to this timely question. Drawing on original interviews, fieldwork, publicly available and classified documents she refutes the popular view that climate change was the main causal driver of this conflict and instead shines a light on elite driven unsustainable water and agricultural policies. An impressive book and a must read for anyone who wants to understand the complex nexus between climate change and security.' Rita Floyd, University of Birmingham


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Marwa Daoudy is Assistant Professor in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University, Washington DC. The co-organizer of a major climate change conference at Princeton University, she has been a policy advisor and consultant for government agencies including the UNESCO-World Water Assessment Program, and contributed to the establishment of the Oxford Water Network, a research-led project which focuses on improving water security across the globe. She is the author of The Water Divide between Syria, Turkey and Iraq: Negotiation, Security and Power Asymmetry (2005), which was awarded the Ernest Lemonon prize by the Academie Francaise.

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