Contemporary challenges

War today

Lecture 12 Monday March 28, 2011 PEACE ST 2BB3: Introduction to the Study of War Dr Colin Salter, Centre for Peace Studies, McMaster University


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Peacekeeping and intervention Environmental security Environmental refugees



Military success, diplomatic failure




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Military success, diplomatic failure Criteria for success?


Why is it so hard for Canadian leaders to forthrightly champion what used to be our bread and butter — creative, committed efforts to build a just and lasting peace through sustained, impartial, inspired diplomatic engagement.
Peggy Mason (2009)


Article 3

Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)


if we can be said to have a right to security, then it follows that we have a right to certain environmental goods that are crucial to our security.
John Barry and Kerri Woods (2009)


It is increasingly acknowledged that human-induced climate change represents a far more serious and enduring threat to national and global security than terrorism or the possession of weapons of mass destruction by so-called ‘rogue states’.
Robyn Eckersley (2009)


Environmental refugees

A result of or source of environmental and human insecurity? What scale of ‘threat’?

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A source of conflict? An opportunity



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What way forward for intervention? ‘environmental refugees’: a new problem?


Citations & further reading
John Barry and Kerri Woods (2009) ‘The Environment’ in Michael Goodhart (ed) Human Rights: politics and practice, Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 316-333. Robyn Eckersley (2009) ‘Environmental security, climate change, and globalizing terrorism’, in Damian Grenfell and Paul James (eds.), Rethinking Insecurity, War and Violence: Beyond Savage globalization? pp. 85-97. Peggy Mason (2009) ‘Back to the “Peace” in Peacebuilding: an old/new role for Canada’, in Lucia Kowaluk & Steven Staples (eds.) Afghanistan and Canada, Montreal: Black Rose Books. pp. 304-319.


Image sources
Pablo Picasso (1937) Guernica. Oil on canvas. Unknown soldier in Iraq. Date unknown. sourced from some-interior-situational-sources-war-–-part-v/ Carlos Latuff (2003) War 2. Sourced from Crimethinc (undated) War on Terror/Drugs.


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