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Kirk Talbott

Visiting Scholar

Kirk Talbott provides senior advisory services in governance to a range of organizations; including, recently, the World Bank, the Tenure Facility and Omidyar Network.  His career spans over 30 years in a diverse range of settings from a law firm to multi-donor regional environmental initiatives, policy think tanks, host government ministries and corporations.  

After earning a JD and MSFS from Georgetown University and joining the DC Bar, Kirk spent a decade at the World Resources Institute, concentrating on Africa and Asia. This led to senior positions at The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, and a satellite radio non-profit enterprise, First Voice International (FVI). Kirk recently served as Senior Advisor for the World Bank and African government’s Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) and provided executive coaching for the Tenure Facility.

As Scholar-in-Residence and Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) since 2010, Talbott has concentrated on natural resource management and environmental security in Burm.a /Myanmar and Southeast Asia.  He has published several articles and conducted research and training in land tenure and natural resource governance; for example with Parliamentarians from Myanmar funded by the National Endowment for Democracy and International Republican Institute

Kirk Talbott published pieces while at ELI 2012 – 2019

Burma / Myanmar Specific:

  • Prescott and all., Political Transition and Emergent Forest-Conservation Issues in Myanmar, Conservation Biology, Vol. 31, No. 6, pp. 1257-1270, Dec. 2017.
  • Talbott, Kirk, Akimoto, Y, et. al, Burma’s Cease Fire Regime, in Bruch et al., Governance, Natural Resources and Peace-Building (Earth Scan Publication, ELI and UNEP, 2015).
  • Talbott, Kirk, Burma at a Crossroads, Columbia University/Earth Institute, Guest Blogger, June 13, 2014.
  • Talbott, Kirk, “Which Way Myanmar?” International Republican Institute “Democracy Speaks”, http://www.democracyspeaks.org/2014/05/which-way-myanmar.html, April, 2014.
  • Talbott, Kirk, Batson, D, and Waugh, J., A U.S. Asian-Pacific Pivot Point: Burma’s Natural Resources, PRISM, Journal of the Center for Complex Operations, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 111-126, Oct. 2013.
  • Talbott, Kirk, John Waugh and Douglas Batson, Sharing the Wealth: Burma’s Post-Military Rule and Natural Resources GovernanceSmall Wars Journal, Nov. 26, 2012.