Environmental Security and Disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean

A blind spot in research

Authored by: Gavin O’Toole

Routledge Handbook of Latin American Security

Print publication date:  July  2015
Online publication date:  July  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415718691
eBook ISBN: 9781315867908
Adobe ISBN: 9781317965091


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The devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, killing hundreds of thousands of people, illustrates the risks posed by natural disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean, a part of the world that has also been prominent in debates about environmental change. Yet the region represents a blind spot within discussions on environmental and human security, and English-language scholarship continues to be dominated by traditional U.S. security concerns, despite evidence that Latin American militaries have been engaging with notions of environmental and human security for some time. A comprehensive research agenda that throws light on changing conceptions of security in a context of growing cooperation within the region–but which also explains why scholarship is missing the boat–is required.

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