Tropic of Chaos : Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence

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  • Copyright: 9/4/2012
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group

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From Africa to Asia and Latin America, the era of climate wars has begun. Extreme weather is breeding banditry, humanitarian crisis, and state failure. In Tropic of Chaos, investigative journalist Christian Parenti travels along the front lines of this gathering catastrophe--the belt of economically and politically battered postcolonial nations and war zones girding the planet's midlatitudes. Here he finds failed states amid climatic disasters. But he also reveals the unsettling presence of Western military forces and explains how they see an opportunity in the crisis to prepare for open-ended global counterinsurgency. Parenti argues that this incipient "climate fascism"--a political hardening of wealthy states-- is bound to fail. The struggling states of the developing world cannot be allowed to collapse, as they will take other nations down as well. Instead, we must work to meet the challenge of climate-driven violence with a very different set of sustainable economic and development policies.

Author Biography

Christian Parenti is a professor at the School for International Training Graduate Institute and a contributing editor at The Nation. He has a PhD in sociology from the London School of Economics. His books include Lockdown America, The Soft Cage, and The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq.

Table of Contents

Last Call for Illusions
Who Killed Ekaru Loruman?p. 3
Military Soothsayersp. 13
War for a Small Planet: Adaptation As Counterinsurgencyp. 21
Geopolitics of a Cattle Raidp. 39
Monsoons and Tipping Pointsp. 55
The Rise and Fall of East African Statesp. 67
Somali Apocalypsep. 79
Theorizing Failed Statesp. 87
Drugs, Drought, and Jihad: Environmental History of the Afghanistan Warp. 97
Kyrgyzstan's Little Climate Warp. 113
India and Pakistan: Glaciers, Rivers, and Unfinished Businessp. 123
India's Drought Rebelsp. 133
Latin America
Rio's Agony: From Extreme Weather to "Planet of Slums"p. 157
Golgotha Mexicana: Climate Refugees, Free Trade, and the War Next Doorp. 179
American Walls and Demagoguesp. 207
Implications and Possibilitiesp. 225
Acknowledgmentsp. 243
Notesp. 245
Indexp. 283
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