2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

Enviromental Degradation as a Potential Trigger of Genocide/Politicide Oubreaks, 1958-2007
Anna A. Pechenina
Prof. John Ishiyama (North Texas University) and Dr. Janet Gooch, Faculty Mentors

Over the past few years there has been considerable interest in the relationship between environmental degradation and instances of genocide and conflict. There is an ongoing debate on whether an empirical link exists between environmental degradation and genocide/politicide. This paper will experimentally examine the relationship between environmental degradation (especially freshwater and land degradation) and the incidence of a genocidal and/or politicidal act. More specifically we examine whether environmental factors trigger genocidal and/or politicidal acts across 27 countries from 1958-2007.

Keywords: Conflict, Genocide, Politicide, Triggers, Environmental Degradation , Population Growth

Topic(s):Political Science
Environmental Studies

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 52-2
Location: OP 2115
Time: 3:00

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