Tropic of chaos : climate change and the new geography of violence / Christian Parenti.

by Parenti, Christian [author.]Looking glass.

Publisher: New York, New York : Nation Books, 2012.Description: viii, 295 pages : maps (black and white) ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9781568587295.Subject(s): Climatic changes -- Political aspectsLooking glass | Geopolitics -- Environmental aspects | Violence -- Environmental aspectsNote: Previous edition publsihed 2011.Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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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.

Previous edition publsihed 2011.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Part I Last Call for Illusions
  • 1 Who Killed Ekaru Loruman? (p. 3)
  • 2 Military Soothsayers (p. 13)
  • 3 War for a Small Planet: Adaptation As Counterinsurgency (p. 21)
  • Part II Africa
  • 4 Geopolitics of a Cattle Raid (p. 39)
  • 5 Monsoons and Tipping Points (p. 55)
  • 6 The Rise and Fall of East African States (p. 67)
  • 7 Somali Apocalypse (p. 79)
  • 8 Theorizing Failed States (p. 87)
  • Part III Asia
  • 9 Drugs, Drought, and Jihad: Environmental History of the Afghanistan War (p. 97)
  • 10 Kyrgyzstan's Little Climate War (p. 113)
  • 11 India and Pakistan: Glaciers, Rivers, and Unfinished Business (p. 123)
  • 12 India's Drought Rebels (p. 133)
  • Part IV Latin America
  • 13 Rio's Agony: From Extreme Weather to "Planet of Slums" (p. 157)
  • 14 Golgotha Mexicana: Climate Refugees, Free Trade, and the War Next Door (p. 179)
  • 15 American Walls and Demagogues (p. 207)
  • 16 Implications and Possibilities (p. 225)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 243)
  • Notes (p. 245)
  • Index (p. 283)

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Publishers Weekly Review

In this scathing study, Parenti (Lockdown America) argues that climate change is already wreaking havoc on the planet in the form of devastating droughts and other weather aberrations that create a shortage of arable land and resources. In the developing world, these challenges intersect with the ongoing crises of poverty and violence to create what Parenti terms a "catastrophic convergence." Arguing that coming environmental shifts will "act as a radical accelerant," he describes how cold war militarism and neoliberal economics have eroded community fabric and public services in such disparate places as the arid savannahs of Kenya, the mountains of Afghanistan, the favelas of Brazil, the jungles of Colombia, and the deserts of northern Mexico, opening the door for "socially disruptive forms of adaptation," like brutality, genocide, and corruption. As the developing world sinks deeper into crisis, the developed world takes the "armed lifeboat" approach, consolidating wealth and firepower while ignoring the rising tide of need among the planet's most vulnerable citizens. Parenti's careful reporting and grasp of politics and economics support the book's urgent message-that impending global chaos is all but assured unless the developed world finds the political will to imagine a better future. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

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.