Climate Change and State Fragility

The Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law has been intensively studying state fragility for the last fifteen years. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation studies nations where state fragility co-occurs with climate risks. The result has been a host of nation-level reports, maps, datasets, publications, presentations, courses, and news reports on state fragility and climate risk.

The message here is that climate risk impacts state fragility in a wide variety of ways, intricately embedded in the social and geographical realities of each place. In some places the problem is rainfall and associated changes in food-production capacity. In others it is the availability of clean water. Researchers benefit enormously from the wealth of nation-specific research that already exists, including from the Strauss Center’s state fragility and climate risk project.