Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding

Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding




Summary: This survey course covers a broad sampling of topics associated with natural resources and conflict, humanitarian assistance, and post-conflict peacebuilding.


Topics covered:  The role of natural resources as a cause of conflict (greed and grievance theory); linkages between specific resources (e.g., oil, water, and forests), conflict, and peacebuilding; peace parks; environmental impacts of war; natural resources post-conflict and peacebuilding; environmental refugees; infectious disease, sanitation, and health; environment and counterinsurgency; peacekeeping and refugee camps; the private sector in zones of conflict (the Global Compact and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative); gender; climate change; moral dilemmas.


Methodology: Essay examining of the role of a natural resource in a conflict (including a conflict analysis) and in peacebuilding/post-conflict peacebuilding; in-class exercise on peacekeeping and refugee camps; group project examining an ongoing problem faced by international organizations or bilateral aid agencies in undertaking interventions in post-conflict and/or disaster settings that asks students to develop indicators for measuring performance or technological solutions to challenges and criteria for examining success.