Environmental Futures in the Middle East

March 20, 2017 - 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Field Auditorium, Environment Hall, 9 Circuit Drive, Durham

 

Environmental insecurities are increasingly part of the political landscape in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).  Citizens throughout the MENA experience a lack of access to water and sanitation, protracted drought, and conflict with links to natural resources. Speakers will address how they imagine environmental futures in the MENA, taking into account climate change impacts on water resources, the role of environmental activists, human security, and ecosystem health.

Neda Zawahri, associate professor of political science, Cleveland State University, will present “Water Scarcity in the Middle East and North Africa.”

Jeannie Sowers, associate professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire will present “Environmental Activism in the Middle East: challenges and Prospect.”

Erika S. Weinthal, Lee Hill Snowdon Professor of Environmental Policy at Duke University, will moderate.

Open to the public. Reception to follow.

Sponsored by the Nicholas School of the Environment, the Humanities Futures Initiative at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Initiative, and the Duke University Middle East Studies Center.