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Austin Bodetti studies the intersection of Islam, culture, and politics in Africa and Asia. His research has appeared in The Daily Beast, USA Today, Vox, and Wired.

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Somalia struggles to take advantage of its oil reserves

17 May, 2019

The petroleum industry's arrival on the Horn of Africa begs the important question of whether fossil fuels can bring Somalis across the political spectrum together or pull them further apart.

Deforestation and desertification in Afghanistan

15 May, 2019

If Afghans and their allies in the international community want to ready the country for a conflict-free future, they must take the natural environment into account, writes Austin Bodetti.

Islam and environmentalism

14 May, 2019

Comment: Muslim eco-theologists believe they have a personal and spiritual obligation to curb the spread of environmental degradation, writes Austin Bodetti.

Climate change and the Yemeni civil war

17 April, 2019

Analysis: As Yemen's government, Saudi Arabia and the UAE compete with the Houthi rebels for influence over the Middle East's poorest country, environmental issues have become a secondary concern.

Renewable energy in the Gulf

04 April, 2019

Analysis: From Abu Dhabi to Manama, engineers and scientists in the Gulf are pioneering energy development to prepare for a fast-approaching future without the petroleum industry, writes Austin Bodetti.

Iraq and Sudan show how climate change fuels war

13 March, 2019

Analysis: Desertification and water scarcity help fuel the social desperation necessary for armed insurgencies, reports Austin Bodetti.

'Greening the desert': What drives militants' environmentalism?

05 March, 2019

Analysis: Propaganda or genuine concern? From al-Qaeda to the Taliban, armed groups have long been pushing demands for environmental protections, while they slaughter civilians, writes Austin Bodetti.

What Arab countries can learn from Uganda's immigration policies

12 February, 2019

Analysis: Uganda embraced its role as home away from home for over a million African refugees, who have access to healthcare, their own land, and freedom to travel through country.

Comoros: Spearheading the international community's fight against climate change

05 February, 2019

Analysis: The Comoros' embrace of the environmental movement can act as a model not only for other island countries but also the rest of the Arab world, writes Austin Bodetti.

Could Bosnia's past provide role-models for Iraq and Yemen?

22 January, 2019

Analysis: Bosnia's interfaith, post-war approach to environmentalism provides a model for Middle Eastern countries that have struggled with civil war, sectarianism and climate change, writes Austin Bodetti.

What does Avicenna offer today's Iranians?

16 January, 2019

Feature: The legacy of the medieval polymath Avicenna has offered Iranians an opportunity to engage with the intersection of their Islamic and Persian heritages, writes Austin Bodetti.

How Pakistan could run out of water by 2025

20 December, 2018

With a population of over 200 million, Pakistan consumes significant amounts of water and the South Asian country could soon find itself on the brink of a humanitarian crisis.

Austin Bodetti
Austin Bodetti

Austin Bodetti studies the intersection of Islam, culture, and politics in Africa and Asia. His research has appeared in The Daily Beast, USA Today, Vox, and Wired.

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