Tropic of Chaos

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Tropic of Chaos

Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence

By Christian Parenti

Nation Books, Hardcover, 9781568586007, 295pp.

Publication Date: June 28, 2011

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.

About the Author
Christian Parenti is the author of "The Soft Cage" and "The Freedom", and is currently writing a book on Afghanistan. He is a visiting fellow at the CUNY Graduate School's Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, and his articles appear regularly in "The Nation". He lives in New York City.