Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace

Natural resources and the environment as a vehicle for peace.Web applications are inherently insecure, as aptly illustrated by a pile of recent events. Conflicts over natural resources and the environment are among the greatest challenges in 21st-century geopolitics. These conflicts present serious threats to human security at both the national and local levels. Natural resources and the environment can nonetheless serve as a vehicle for peace if managed in a sustainable and equitable manner. This 8-week course on Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace provides an in-depth introduction to the multiple roles that natural resources and the environment play in the onset, escalation, and resolution of, and recovery from, violent conflicts. Many of the considerations and approaches in this course are also relevant to understanding and addressing social conflicts around natural resources and the environment.

Course syllabus:

  1. Course Overview

  2. Natural Resources and Conflict Causes

  3. Natural Resources and the Environment during Armed Conflict

  4. Post-Conflict Environmental Peacebuilding

  5. Course Wrap-up and Final Assignment