ABSTRACT

This chapter considers the basic characteristics of the climate-conflict actor-networks emerging from the translations within the two climate-conflict debates described in Chapters 5 and 6, including key similarities and differences between the two debates. It briefly revisits how the mapping was conducted. This is followed by highlighting how linear causal mechanisms articulated by actors at early stages of the debate provide the basis for connecting climate and the two conflicts, and how those mechanisms become the structure of the debates that follows the initial translations. The chapter then considers how both climate-conflict debates progress through three overlapping stages characterized by changing modalities of translation: initial articulations of the linear causal mechanisms, science-based reviews of the mechanism components and efforts to review and synthesize existing evidence. Finally, the chapter describes the diversity of actors, knowledge resources and the channels of circulation of translations involved in the debates.