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Ken Conca and Geoffrey Dabelko have put together an interesting and useful volume on the potential linkages between environmental cooperation and peace... informative and well written... should be read by scholars and policy actors interested in the potential ways environmental cooperations might promote peace rather than violence.

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There is clearly a need for a book on this topic. The time has come to assess the consequences of environmental institutions and the opportunities they provide for cooperation and initiative.

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It should be of interest to scholars in the field of environmental security, environmental politics and international relations.

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About the Author

Ken Conca is associate professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland and director of the Harrison Program on the Future Global Agenda. Geoffrey D. Dabelko is director of the Environmental Change and Security Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


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Product Details

  • Series: Woodrow Wilson Center Press
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (November 13, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080187193X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801871931
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By Saleem Ali on March 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
Using environmental issues as a means of catalyzing cooperation among adversaries is a plausible goal that deserves greater attention. This book is an initial attempt at this emerging field of inquiry. The authors are affiliated with one of the most well-recognized research programs in this field at the Woodrow Wilson Center.
However, the title is a bit deceptive since much of the discourse in the book is a reflexive continuation of the environmental security literature, rather than offering a fresh theoretical path towards an instrumental vision of environmental issues in conflict resolution. A major cause of this lapse is the choice of case studies that are presented. All except one (India and Pakistan) are low level conflict situations where cooperation is far easier to engage. Even in the chapter on South Asia, the authors do not address the question of why cooperation over the Indus has NOT led to a larger cooperative mood between India and Pakistan?
Much of the text presents historical material and some "thick description" of cases and a literature review rather than involved analysis or recommendations. To be fair to the authors, they admit that this is an embryonic work -- but perhaps they should have waited a couple of years and chosen better case studies before producing the volume. Some suggestions for closer analysis would be "peace parks" between Ecuador and Peru or more localized cases such as the alliance between "red-neck" fishermen and Native Americans over preservation of the wild rice plantations in Northern Wisconsin (two sides which were previously inveterate adversaries).
Nevertheless, the book offers a workable starting point for further research.
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