Distinguished Lecture Series: Carl Bruch
Date: Tuesday, 21 Mar 2017 Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am Location: Riverside Room, Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
From Agent Orange to Climate Security: The Emerging Field of Environmental Peacebuilding
Director of International Programs and Senior Attorney
Environmental Law Institute, Washington D.C.
ABSTRACT: In fitful starts, the international community has increasingly recognized the linkages between the environment, conflict, and peace. International awareness started with the Vietnam War and the widespread use of Agent Orange—and faded until the 1990-91 Gulf War, when Iraq ignited more than 600 oil wells. Through the 1990s, there was growing attention to the potential for conflicts over scarce resources (such as water and land) or over valuable resources (such and oil and gas) to cause conflict. And starting in the early 2000s, countries and international organizations realized that land, forests, minerals, and other natural resources are essential to helping countries emerging from conflict to rebuild their economies and reweave the social fabric.
The emerging field of environmental peacebuilding provides a conceptual and operational framework for governing and managing natural resources and the nvironment to support a durable peace. Carl Bruch ('89) directs International Programs that the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC. His presentation will draw upon 20 years of work in conflict-affected countries. In addition to sharing lessons from around the world, he will explore areas for further research and work in the field of environmental peacebuilding.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Presented by the Environmental Science & Policy Program at Michigan State University.