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Conference: Environmental Diplomacy and Security in International Relations

Posted: 9/26/2011


University of Vermont - Burlington, Vermont USA

October 21 – 23, 2011

Environmental issues are often framed as a source of conflict in terms of resource scarcity. Yet they tend to be relegated as “low politics,” in the larger scheme of international relations. This conference aims to consider ways by which environmental issues can be raised to “high politics of war and peace” to ensure ecological, economic and social sustainability.

The conference is the inaugural event of a new research and practice center on the emerging discipline of environmental diplomacy and security at the University of Vermont. The conference is broadly arranged around 5 short symposia, each of which is targeted towards developing a product for research and educational purposes. These “products” can range from edited volumes to new educational web sites to video documentaries. Topics have been chosen based on the relevance of these efforts to mandate of the institute’s three thematic areas: a) Borderlands b) Pragmatic Peace and c) Resource Values. Keynote Speakers,

Tariq Banuri, Director emiritus of United Nations Sustainable Development Division

Ambassador Richard Benedick, President, National Council on Science and the Environment

Matt Dunne, Manager for Community Relations, Google Corporation

Deb Markowitz (Secretary, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources)

Colonel Tom O'Donovan, Commander U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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