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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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A quiet conflict is raging in Libya's desertic south

16 July, 2019

In-depth: In Libya's south, the Tuareg, a Berber ethnic group, are using the conflict to build their sphere of influence, counteracting decades of social stigma and reasserting their national identity.

What will happen to Afghanistan's national languages?

11 July, 2019

Analysis: What effect might an American peace treaty with the Taliban have on Afghanistan's two official languages, Dari and Pashto?

As America's power fades, Arab countries join China's sphere

17 June, 2019

Analysis: Close US allies UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt are at the top of the list of Arab states that are taking advantage of Chinese interest in the region.

Iraq may soon replace oil wells with solar panels

11 June, 2019

Analysis: As Iraq prepares for a future without the petroleum industry, many Iraqi environmentalists are encouraging their country to turn to the renewable energy industry.

Bangladesh's 'quiet revolution' of embracing aquaculture

07 June, 2019

Analysis: Bangladesh has overcome a history of famine by pioneering aquaculture, the process of farming seafood. This strategy can become a model for Middle Eastern countries struggling with economic shortages.

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.

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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