The Conceptual Structure of Social Disputes: Cognitive-Affective Maps as a Tool for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

2017-08-02T06:40:57-04:00August 6th, 2014|Academic, Conflict, Conflict and Conflict Resolution, Featured (Academic)|

Thomas Homer-Dixon et al. | We describe and illustrate a new method of graphically diagramming disputants’ points of view called cognitive-affective mapping. The products of this method—cognitive-affective maps (CAMs)—represent an individual’s concepts and beliefs about a particular subject, such as another individual or group or an issue in dispute.

Environmental Scarcity and Violent Conflict: The Case of South Africa

2017-10-31T13:58:02-04:00May 1st, 1998|Academic, Case Studies, Conflict, Conflict and Conflict Resolution, Environment and Energy, Environmental Scarcity and Violent Conflict, EPS Case Studies|

Valerie Percival and Thomas Homer-Dixon | The causal relationship between environmental scarcities – the scarcity of renewable resources – and the outbreak of violent conflict is complex. This article analyses the link between South Africa’s environmental scarcity and violent conflict.

Environmental Scarcity and Violent Conflict: The Case of Rwanda

2017-10-31T14:32:05-04:00September 1st, 1996|Academic, Case Studies, Conflict, Conflict and Conflict Resolution, Environment and Energy, Environmental Scarcity and Violent Conflict, EPS Case Studies|

Valerie Percival and Thomas Homer-Dixon | On April 6, 1994, President Juvenal Habyarimana’s plane exploded in the skies above the Kigali region of Rwanda. Violence gripped the country. Between April and August of 1994, as many as 1 million people were killed and more than 2 million people became refugees.

Environmental Scarcity and Violent Conflict: The Case of Gaza

2017-10-31T14:01:20-04:00June 2nd, 1995|Academic, Case Studies, Conflict and Conflict Resolution, Environment and Energy, Environmental Scarcity and Violent Conflict, EPS Case Studies|

Kimberley Kelly and Thomas Homer-Dixon | The achievement of limited autonomy for Palestinians in Gaza and Jericho in 1993 engendered hope for peace in the Middle East, yet violence persists. The links between environmental scarcity and conflict are complex, but in Gaza, water scarcity has clearly aggravated socioeconomic conditions.

Urban Growth and Violence: Will the Future Resemble the Past?

2017-10-24T01:05:44-04:00June 1st, 1995|Academic, Conflict and Conflict Resolution, Environment and Energy, Environmental Scarcity and Violent Conflict, EPS Case Studies|

Peter Gizewski and Thomas Homer-Dixon | Many social, economic, and political problems have accompanied urban growth in the developing world. Will further growth result in violent behavior as expectations of economic improvement and social mobility are dashed?

Environmental Scarcities and Violent Conflict: Evidence from Cases

2017-10-30T19:45:47-04:00June 1st, 1994|Academic, Conflict, Conflict and Conflict Resolution, Environment and Energy, Environmental Scarcity and Violent Conflict|

Within the next fifty years, the planet’s human population will probably pass nine billion, and global economic output may quintuple. Largely as a result, scarcities of renewable resources will increase sharply. The total area of high-quality agricultural land will drop, as will the extent of forests and the number of species they sustain.