CMES Research Seminar: Rethinking Environmental Security. The Lessons Learned from the Middle East
Kaveh Madani, Yale University, gives a talk on Rethinking Environmental Security: The Lessons Learned from the Middle East.
The attention to the topic of environmental security is on the rise in the 4D (Development, Disaster, Diplomacy and Defense) circles. We have enough evidence to have no doubt that the unsustainable use of natural resources, environmental degradation and climate change can lead to poverty, hunger, inequality, injustice, public health problems, unemployment, migration, tensions, violations of human rights, conflicts, terrorism, violence, and even wars.
Based on the conventional understanding of the environmental security concept, human/national security problems can be avoided by addressing environmental degradation and climate change.
Using examples from the Middle East, in this talk, Kaveh Madani argues that the traditional environmental security school of thought does not do justice to the real complexity of this important topic, leading to reductionist images of environmental security problems, incomplete narratives, and impractical solutions. The speaker calls for a systems approach to defining and enforcing environmental security within the coupled human-environment systems analysis framework that captures the overlooked reinforcing feedback relationship between the resilience of environmental systems and the viability of human systems.
Kaveh Madani is an environmental scientist, educator, and activist with expertise in environmental security and analysing complex human-nature systems. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies of Yale University and a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Environmental Policy (CEP) of Imperial College London.
He has more than 250 publications and has received a number of awards for his research, teaching, as well as outreach and humanitarian activities, including the New Face of Civil Engineering, Hydrologic Sciences Early Career Scientist Award, Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Young Scientists, Walter Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, and Ambassador Award.
He is Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (AGU).
More about the speaker: https://www.kavehmadani.com/