State of the World 2005 - Experts Guide

Worldwatch researchers explore emerging global issues, stemming from the Institute's four main research areas—people, nature, energy, and economy.

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Chapters & Themes

Researcher & Location

Chapter 1: Security Redefined

Chapter 7: Disarming Postwar Societies
  • Overview, State of the World 2005
  • Causes of global insecurity
  • Principles for a more secure world
  • Impact of the war on terror
  • Failed states and pros and cons of humanitarian intervention
  • Resource wealth and conflict
  • Small arms proliferation, and the challenge of disarmament and post-conflict demobilization
Michael Renner
Project Co-Director
Senior Researcher
Worldwatch Institute
Long Island, NY
Chapter 2: Examining the Connections Between Population and Security
  • Demographic factors that lead to instability
  • Defining "youth bulges"
  • The impact of HIV/AIDS
  • Implications of rapid urbanization
Lisa Mastny
Senior Editor
Worldwatch Institute
Durango, CO

Richard Cincotta
Senior Research Associate
Population Action International
Washington, DC
Chapter 3: Containing Infectious Disease
  • Infectious disease as a security threat
  • Dynamics of disease outbreaks
  • Overview of current microbial threats
  • Economic consequences
  • Managing future disease outbreaks
Dennis Pirages
Professor of International Environmental Politics
University of Maryland
College Park, MD
Chapter 4: Cultivating Food Security
  • Loss of plant and animal species
  • Industrial agriculture and factory farms
  • Farmers' rights
  • Foodbourne illnesses
  • Effects of climate change
Danielle Nierenberg
Research Associate
Worldwatch Institute
Washington, DC
Chapter 5: Managing Water Conflict and Cooperation
  • Water conflicts within and between nations
  • Role of water in global security
  • Water privatization
  • Moving toward cooperative water management
Geoffrey Dabelko
Director, Environmental Change and Security Project
Woodrow Wilson Center
Washington, DC
Chapter 6: Changing the Oil Economy
  • History of the oil economy
  • Effects of oil consumption
  • Renewables and efficiency technologies
  • Policy recommendations
Tom Prugh
Editorial Director
Worldwatch Institute
Washington, DC
Chapter 8: Building Peace Through Environmental Cooperation
  • Environment as peacemaking tool
  • Peace parks, shared management plans, and joint monitoring programs
Ken Conca
Associate Professor of Government and Politics
University of Maryland
College Park, MD
Chapter 9: Laying the Foundations for Peace
  • Overview, State of the World 2005
  • Redesigning the United Nations and the Security Council
  • Non-traditional security issues
  • Security spending
  • Role of education, media, and religion in civil society
Hilary French
Project Co-Director
Director, Globalization and Governance Project
Worldwatch Institute
Washington, DC

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