This One Goes to 11.
Eleven years ago this week, the New Security Beat began covering population, environment, and conflict connections. Today, our goal remains the same as in 2007: to provide insight on today’s new security threats and to share overlooked opportunities for cooperation. As we wrote then, “countries in crises often share the problems of rapid population growth and deteriorating environmental resources”: and unfortunately, the same trends continue undermine peace and deepen poverty. But we’ve also analyzed notable global efforts, including the Sustainable Development Goals and the growing resilience agenda, that offer hope for progress.
Over 11 years, we’ve published expert opinions and analysis on everything from combating climate change with condoms to how snow leopards can help build peace. But the top posts of all time share a remarkably consistent theme: What is the role of population dynamics—fertility rates, urbanization, and impacts on water and food—in shaping the future, particularly for people living in the most poorest and most vulnerable countries? Women’s empowerment and natural resource conflicts round out the picture, and show that our audience is as committed as we are to understanding the role of critical cross-cutting issues in solving global challenges.
While maintaining our resolutely intersectoral and transdisciplinary perspective has been challenging at times, we’ve never wavered in our commitment to reporting on the “spaces between.” With the departure of Roger-Mark De Souza, 2018 promises big changes for our team, but under the leadership of Acting Director Lauren Herzer, we will continue to look behind the headlines to expose the undercovered links that undermine our national security and highlight the untold stories and overlooked solutions that can build cooperation and peace.
Photo Credit: Market in Ibadan, Nigeria, courtesy of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture. Chart and Table Credit: Elizabeth Leahy Madsen.