Kristopher W. Ramsay and Ethan Kapstein
Readings from Underrepresented groups,Group projects
Climate Change and Conflict explores how climate change influences cooperation and conflict within nation-states, examining who are the “winners” and who are the “losers.” Using a social scientific approach that emphasizes formal modeling and empirical analysis, students will consider how climate change impacts the availability and cost of a variety of natural resources. The course will begin with an introduction to necessary scientific frameworks and models, including integrated assessment modeling of economics and game-theoretic models of conflict. Such tools will be applied to different aspects of the climate-conflict nexus, and students will explore the range of policy interventions that can either increase cooperation or conflict.