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How to Save a Rainforest: It’s All About Conflict Resolution

A new Earth Institute study offers practical lessons in the implementation of conflict sensitive conservation, a first outside of Africa.

by |August 13, 2019

Studying Sustainability in Israel: It’s Complicated

MPA in Environmental Science and Policy students travel to Israel to learn more about the geopolitical climate and resource management as a tool for peace.

by |February 11, 2019

Complicate to Simplify: Lessons from Complexity Science

What our team found at this school in the Bronx is what we see in many intractable social problems. They spring from a complex constellation of ills, and the longer they last the more complicated they get. And the more simple they seem from the inside.

by |July 21, 2015

Conflict Resolution in the Arab World: a Knowledge-Sharing Agenda

In 2005, colleagues working in conflict resolution and peace-building in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Palestine and Syria approached Columbia University’s International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution with a request for science-based resources on constructive engagement made available in Arabic.

by |July 17, 2015

New Seminar Focuses on Links Between Environment, Conflict and Security

The Earth Institute is launching a new interdisciplinary seminar to help business and policy leaders better understand the connections between environmental stresses, natural resources and conflicts.

by |June 9, 2014

Finding Solutions to Environmental Conflict: Q&A With Josh Fisher

In a rapidly warming world, conflicts inevitably arise between those affected by dwindling resources and changing climate conditions. Josh Fisher’s work centers on trying to avert conflict and provide opportunities for cooperation through understanding the relationships between conflict, environment and development.

by |June 18, 2013

The Criminalization of Anti-Mining Social Protest in Peru

In Africa, Asia and Latin America, the development of the mining industry
has often been accompanied by violence and community-led social protest. To
halt these protests, young democratic institutions have, in various cases,
turned to authoritarian dogmas. Researcher Dr. Triscritti illustrates how in
Peru these practices are decreasing the chances of reaching durable and
peaceful agreements.

by |September 10, 2012

Identifying Teaching and Training Tools on Peacebuilding, Fragile States and Natural Resource Management

The Earth Institute at Columbia University hosted a two-day workshop that brought together practitioners, trainers, and academics to explore innovative approaches to teaching and training on natural resources management in fragile states and peacebuilding contexts. The workshop concluded with a clear statement: current academic and training programs do not provide a coherent methodology for students and practitioners to adequately face the challenges posed by the confluence of fragile states, climate risks, natural resources, conflict, and peacebuilding.

by |September 3, 2012
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In Myanmar, Searching for the Roots of Peace

An understanding of the issues that influence conflict in Myanmar is necessary to think about how sustainable peace might be reached. But our research instead focuses on identifying “latent peace capacities” that already exist in and outside of the country, while also exploring means of transforming the underlying structures that give rise to conflict.

by |July 27, 2012

Making Peace: New Book Provides Tools for Solving Intractable Conflicts

Five percent of all difficult conflicts end in a destructive quagmire. Think of the current debate over global warming or the Israel-Palestine conflict. How can we overcome these? An Earth Institute psychologist, Peter T. Coleman, offers tactics in his new book, The Five Percent: Finding Solutions to Seemingly Impossible Conflicts. Coleman, who also heads Columbia’s… read more

by |May 2, 2011