January 30, 2018

5th Al-Moumin Distinguished Lecture on Environmental Peacebuilding: Ken Conca & Geoff Dabelko

Fifteen years ago, Ken Conca and Geoff Dabelko published Environmental Peacemaking, a rejoinder to grim scenarios foreseeing environmental change as a driver of conflict. Conca, Dabelko, and collaborators argued that, despite conflict risks, shared environmental interests and cooperative action could also be a basis for building trust, establishing shared identities, and transforming conflict into peace. In the fifth Al-Moumin lecture, Conca and Dabelko reflected on the evolution of environmental peacebuilding research and their long-term engagement with policymakers and practitioners applying these insights around the world.

At the event, Prof. Conca and Prof. Dabelko were recognized with the prestigious Al-Moumin Award for their outstanding contributions to environmental peacebuilding.

Dr. Ken Conca is a Professor of International Relations in the School of International Service and American University. Dr. Geoff Dabelko is a Professor and Director of Environmental Studies at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University; he is also a Senior Advisor to the Environmental Change and Security Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

The Al-Moumin Award and Distinguished Lecture of Environmental Peacebuilding recognizes leading thinkers who are shaping the field of environmental peacebuilding. It is named after Dr. Mishkat Al-Moumin, Iraq’s first Minister of Environment, a human rights and environment lawyer.