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Can Political Institutions Avert Violence from Climate Change?

This is the central question of a new brief detailing an innovative research project on Constitutional Design and Conflict Management in Africa. The study includes seven African country case studies assessing if domestic political institutions affect whether climate shocks and other disruptions lead to violence or not. By studying past upheavals, the project aims to identify future strategies to minimize the security consequences and human suffering that could result from climate change in Africa.

Countries under examination include Burundi, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, and Zimbabwe, offering lessons for the entire continent.

The case studies are conducted by seven leading academics:

Justin O. Frosini, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy
Gilbert Khadiagala, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
Eghosa E. Osaghae, Igbinedion University, Nigeria
Andrew Reynolds, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
Filip Reyntjens, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Stefan Wolff, University of Birmingham, UK
I. William Zartman, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Read more on CCAPS' constitutional design project at:

Publication website ( Webpage - )

Author(s)Alan J. Kuperman
PublisherClimate Change and African Political Stability Program
Place publishedAustin, Texas
Date / Journal Vol No.August 2011 / Research Brief No. 1

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