Environmental Peacebuilding Update

Issue 13: 8 Jul 2014


Call for Papers: The 2nd Annual Conflict Conference
7 July 2014 | The University of Texas Project on Conflict Resolution
The Conflict Conference (TCC) will hold its second annual conference at the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) on April 10-11, 2015. TCC is a multidisciplinary annual conference promoting the study of conflict, conflict resolution, and peace making. Read More

Program: Disarmament for Development
2 July 2014 | International Peace Bureau
IPB’s view is that weapons and military preparations have devastating effects, not only on those who are caught up in war, but also on the process of sustainable development. They represent a massive distortion of the use of humanity’s precious resources and talents. Read More

Program: Peace-Building & Environmental Leadership Seminar
30 June 2014 | Arava Institute
In 1999, the Arava Institute created the foundation for a program that would later become the Peace-building and Environmental Leadership Seminar (PELS), a facilitated forum where students develop leadership skills and express their views on race, religion, culture, identity, and the political situation in the region. Read More

Call for Applications: Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship
27 June 2014 | University for Peace
The Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship (APS), a Dual Campus Master of Arts Programme, is a shared initiative of The Nippon Foundation, the UN Mandated University for Peace (UPEACE), and Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU). The objective of the programme is to train young Asian professionals to become peace building practitioners, ready... Read More

Call for Applications: MA in Conflict, Security & Development
26 June 2014 | King's College
Development and security are inextricably linked, yet all too often both academics and policy-makers address them separately. The MA in Conflict, Security, and Development is a unique globally-recognized programme that brings together these interrelated areas of study, acknowledging that conflict, insecurity, and underdevelopment interact in dynamic ways and that a... Read More


Workshop: The Global Environmental History of World War I in Perspective
4 August 2014 | Washington, DC
This workshop will mark the centennial of the outbreak of the 1914–1918 cataclysm that extended industrial warfare to a global scale; it will examine the complex environmental dimensions of the war. World War I is often called the first “total war,” engulfing entire populations. Read More

Managing Conflict Emanating from Natural Resources
18 August 2014 | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The Republic of Sudan, is engaged in the promotion of peace-building at all levels, post conflict reconstruction, and sustainable development, in 8 states (including, the Blue Nile, Darfur, Kassala, Kurdufan, etc) that are experiencing a post-conflict recovery process. Read More

Courses: Land, Property, and Conflict
16 September 2014 | Washington, DC
Disputes and grievances over land and property are implicated in practically all conflicts. This course provides policymakers and practitioners with analytical tools for assessing and addressing an array of complex land and property disputes, from competing ownership claims and restitution to customary land rights and illegal urban settlements. Read More

New Executive Seminar on Environment, Peace and Security
17 September 2014 | New York, NY
Columbia University’s intensive, five-day, Environment, Peace, and Security Executive Seminar, September 17 to 21, 2014, provides senior managers with the intellectual framework, practical skills, and analytic toolkits that they can apply to their organizations to meet challenges arising from environmental variability and conflict. Read More

Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting 2014
22 November 2014 | Washington, DC
The Middle East Studies Association 48th Annual Meeting will be held in Washington, DC at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Sessions of relevance and interest at the 2014 Annual Meeting include the following: Read More

Courses: Natural Resource Management: Conflict & Cooperation
5 January 2015 | Barcelona, Spain
This course analyzes the transformation occurring at the intersection between the theory and practice of international relations on the one hand and issues related to the management and exploitation of environmental and natural resources on the other. Read More

Toxic Legacies - Agent Orange as a Challenge
28 June 2015 | Munich
Agent Orange, the most infamous of the defoliating herbicides used by the US military during the Vietnam War, offers a historical lesson and legacy. Various groups have struggled with the human and environmental damages caused by chemical exposure. Read More

New Library Resources

In the last two weeks, 13 new publications were added to our online library of resources on environmental peacebuilding. Here is a sampling of the new additions:

Kirkuk Conflict: The Underlying Energy Dimension
Hriday Sarma (Peace and Conflict Monitor, 2014)
This paper offers a different perspective on the conflict within Kirkuk Governorate vis-à-vis the commonly held view of it being principally an ethno-national conflict based on territorial claims of Kurdish nationalism. The foundation of this analysis is the recognition that the local politics of the energy rich Kirkuk region are... Read More

Extreme Temperatures and Violence
Clionadh Raleigh, Andrew Linke, John O'Loughlin (Nature Climate Change, 2014)
In his book Civilization and Climate, Ellsworth Huntington (1876–1947) noted that “ Almost any American or European who has travelled or resided within the tropics will confess that he has occasionally flown into a passion, and perhaps used physical violence, under circumstances which at home would merely have made him vexed. Read More

Valuing National Security: Climate Change, the Military, and Society
Sarah E. Light (UCLA Law Review, 2014)
This Article proposes a hypothesis: By linking a reduction in reliance on fossil fuels to the value of promoting national security, what I have called the Military-Environmental Complex has the potential to change individual attitudes and beliefs, and therefore behavior and political debate, about energy use and climate change. Read More

Conflict Minerals: Stakeholder Options for Responsible Sourcing are Expanding, but More Information on Smelters is Needed
United States Government Accountability Office, 2014
Since the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the Act) was passed in 2010, relevant U.S. agencies have undertaken various activities related to responsible sourcing of conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries. Read More


Liberia: Consultant (Deadline: 2014-07-09)
7 July 2014 | Global Witness
We are seeking to commission some in-depth research on the agriculture sector in Liberia.   We would envisage that 2 consultants would be needed, probably an economist and a social anthropologist. Read More

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Program Manager Shelter (Deadline: 2014-07-13)
7 July 2014 | Norwegian Refugee Council
Norwegian Refugee Council's primary areas of intervention are education (including youth and emergency education support); food security & livelihoods (emergency food assistance and, increasingly, cash and voucher support to promote choice and dignity while impacting directly on local market economies to protect livelihoods); ICLA to provide legal assistance to individuals... Read More

Lebanon: Rehabilitation Manager - DAU - Handicap International (Deadline: 2014-07-14)
7 July 2014 | Handicap International
Handicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their... Read More

South Sudan: WASH Engineer (Deadline: 2014-07-15)
30 June 2014 | Polish Humanitarian Action
Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH) is a non-governmental organization consisting of people who want to make the world a better place. For over 20 years, we have been providing relief in big and small emergencies worldwide alongside with running long-term missions in several countries in crisis. Read More

Afghanistan: Management Support Intern (Deadline: 2014-07-15)
3 July 2014 | Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit
The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) is an independent, Afghanistan-based research organization. Its purpose is to conduct quality action-oriented research that will inform and improve policy and practice in order to increase the efficacy and impact of aid-related programs in Afghanistan, and to improve Afghan lives. Read More

Dakar: Regional Adviser: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) (Deadline: 2014-07-17)
30 June 2014 | UNICEF
The incumbent to support UNICEF/WCAR programs in regular and emergency situations in the implementation of essential water, sanitation and Hygiene interventions at the policy, provider, community and family levels (SP 2014 - 2017 Outcome (3) by: Providing timely advice and support to 24 country offices in the West and Central... Read More

Afghanistan: Project Manager of Secure Livelihoods Consortium (Deadline: 2014-07-31)
7 July 2014 | Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit
AREU is seeking a Project Manager to oversee effective implementation of a 3-year major research project now at the conclusion of its second year. Funded by the European Commision (EC) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium Afghanistan (SLRC_A) is a partnership between AREU and... Read More

Ethiopia: Communications Manager for Africa (Deadline: 2014-07-31)
7 July 2014 | The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center
CIMMYT seeks a dynamic, innovative, self-motivated and service-orientated professional for the position of Communications Manager for Africa in the Communications and Development Department. This position is critical to enhance the impact of CIMMYT’s work and to build and nurture relationships with employees, the media and external stakeholders in order to... Read More

International News

South Sudan: Finance Minister Tables $4 Billion Budget before Parliament
7 July 2014 | Sudan Tribune
South Sudan’s finance minister, Agrey Tisa Sabuni, tabled the 2014-15 annual budget before parliament on Wednesday. Read More

Burma: Burmese Army Plans to Return Only a Quarter of Seized Land Nationwide
3 July 2014 | Democratic Voice of Burma
The Burmese army plans to return less than 125,000 acres of farmland to its original owners, making up only less than a quarter of land seized across the country during decades of military rule, a Ministry of Defence official said on Wednesday. Read More

Liberia: Huge Disparity - EITI Fifth Report Points to Conflicting Liberia Figures
1 July 2014 | Stephen D. Kollie, AllAfrica
The fifth Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) report has revealed disparities in figures reported by the agency, companies and government agencies. Read More

Myanmar: CPI Cut Our Rice Ration, Say Anti-Dam Activists
1 July 2014 | Nang Mya Nadi, Democratic Voice of Burma
Two local Kachin women, who have been involved in anti-Myitsone dam activities, say they have had their rice rations cut by China Power Investment Corporation (CPI), the Chinese backers of the Irrawaddy River  hydropower project. Read More

Conflict Minerals Law Starts Working despite Poor Industry Response
1 July 2014 | Eric Onstad, Reuters, Chicago Tribune
LONDON (Reuters) - A U.S. law on conflict minerals is curbing African warlords' presence around mines in Congo, campaigners say, but its full impact remains unclear, with most firms failing to pinpoint the origin of their metals by a June deadline. Read More

Iraq/Syria: Water Wars Directed against Syria and Iraq: Turkey’s Control of the Euphrates River
1 July 2014 | Abdulrahman Al-Masri, Global Research
The Euphrates has three main dams within Syria: Tishreen, Euphrates and Al-Baath. The Euphrates dam is considered the most important of the three. The water level in the Euphrates Lake (formerly known as Al-Assad Lake) has dropped significantly. Read More

DRC: DRC's Gecamines to Cut 6 000 Jobs
30 June 2014 | Felix Njini, The Southern Times
Windhoek - The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s state mining company will cut around 6 000 jobs ‑ more than half its workforce - as it struggles to finance a bloated wage bill. Read More

Blogs & Opinion

MoU Signing Ceremony to Cement Bilateral Farmers Cooperation in the Region
3 July 2014 | Friends of the Earth Middle East
On Tuesday the 24th of June, representatives from the Jordanian South Ghor Municipality, Tamar Municipality in Israel and Themar Agricultural Cooperative Society from Jordan in collaboration with EcoPeace / Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of a “Model Farm”.  The Model Farm will serve... Read More

Blood Money and Conflict Minerals
2 July 2014 | BloombergView
The world's insatiable demand for everything from smartphones to jewelry to cars is feeding the bloody war in eastern Congo, where tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold are mined for use in manufacturing. Last year, exports of these minerals from central Africa generated at least $2.1 billion -- much of which... Read More

How the Terrorists Got Rich In Iraq and Syria: ISIS Militants Are Flush With Funds
28 June 2014 | The New York Times
A few feet from the Bab al-Salam border crossing near the Turkish town of Kilis, there is a shabby cafe where the most interesting items for sale are not found on the menu. The cafe is the final stop for young radicalized men from Europe or North Africa who are... Read More

Ford Sustainability Report 2013/2014 - A Step in the Right Direction
24 June 2014 | The Enough Project
On Wednesday, June 18, Ford Motor Company released its Sustainability Report 2013/2014. Available online, the report documents Ford’s efforts to enhance its sustainability through a wide range of initiatives, most notably on the issue of responsible sourcing. Read More

Syria Faces an Imminent Food and Water Crisis
24 June 2014 | Chatham House
Humanitarian aid to Syria must target water authorities’ maintenance and disinfection needs, as both the regime and opposition forces are failing to respond to the country’s escalating food and water crisis. Read More

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