Date of Award

Spring 5-21-2022

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Christopher Toulouse, Ph.D.


Climate-induced violence has become more prominent and scrutinized in research, media, and discussion in the last decade with the emergence of new patterns of violence. Conflicts have been scrutinized particularly in key regions and countries such as West Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia, which are the focus of the three case studies in this paper. The research is centered on several types of violence such as civil war and terrorism, and then further expanded to how climate change may or may not influence their patterns. Correspondingly, there is also an analysis on the importance of state stability and action and how the global order is responding. Ultimately, this thesis reinforces the argument that states need to provide support to land-based livelihoods in areas affected by climate change.