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Did Drought cause the Syrian Civil War?


A short video from the Yale Climate Communications series titled ‘Drought, Water, War, and Climate Change’ on climate change as a catalyst for crises. The video discusses how climate change potentially contributed to the drought in Syria causing large scale human migration, poverty, political instability and, possibly, the civil war.

Students will learn about how global warming and rising temperatures has an effect on the natural resources of a state. They will also learn about various factors that could have caused the civil war in Syria such as large-scale migration from farmland to urban areas and the subsequent collapse of the state. Students will further learn about the implications of the civil war on global geopolitical alliances and global security.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Discuss how climate change may have caused the drought in Syria from 2007-2010.
  2. Discuss how climate change and the drought could have contributed to the civil war in Syria.
About Tool
Tool Name Drought, Water, War, and Climate Change 
Discipline Social Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline International Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, War, Civil War, Security, Human Migration, Security Studies 
Climate Topic Disasters and Hazards, Climate and Society, Policy, Politics and Environmental Governance, Climate and Food Security
Type of tool Video (5 min 45 secs) 
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Location Global, Asia
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Yale Climate Connections
Hosted at YouTube 
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic

Mapped Sustainable Development Goal(s), apart from 4 and 13


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