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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Conference - Environmental Diplomacy and Security

Dear colleagues

Please forward the following announcement to other lists and to people
who may be interested. Registration is free for UVM faculty staff and
students (with IDs) but you still need to register so we have a
headcount. For others, there is a small fee -- but given the range of
global speakers this should be of interest to many in the region:

Please register soon -- space is limited


University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, 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 the "high
politics of war and peace" to ensure ecological, economic and social

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.

Details on speakers and Registration, including an educational cruise on
Lake Champlain with Vermont Secretary of Natural Resources, can be found
at the following link:

The conference will provide an intimate venue for focused discussion for
academics, policy-makers and security practitioners, and will result in
a program of action on the emerging field of environmental diplomacy and
security (EDS).

All the best


Saleem H. Ali, Ph.D.
Professor of Environmental Planning and Asian Studies
Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
Director, Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security
James M. Jeffords Center for Policy Research
University of Vermont

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