Arctic Shock: Utilizing Climate Change to Test Theories of Resource Competition

14 December 2015 (Mon), 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
At Classroom 2

Professor Jonathan Nguyen Markowitz from the University of Southern California presented exciting new research that tests longstanding theories of recourse competition and conflict among states. Specifically, Professor Mark’s research leverages the unexpectedly rapid retreat of polar ice caps in response to global climate change and which has made undersea mineral resources in the Arctic circle easier to exploit to study how resource availability affects the conflict and cooperation between states with competing claims over those resources. Professor Mark’s research ultimately argues that domestic political-economy concerns and resource dependence play a key role in determining how aggressively states press their resource claims with key implications for conflict and cooperation at the international level.