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Oli Brown: Natural Resources, Conflict and Peacebuilding in Afghanistan

Oli has been working on environmental and developmental issues for the better part of 12 years as both a practitioner, trainer and a researcher. His main areas of interest lie in conflict prevention, peacebuilding and environmental management. He has worked on natural resource and conflict issues in Afghanistan, Bolivia, DR Congo, Sierra Leone, the Middle East, South Sudan and the South Pacific. He is an Associate Fellow at the UK thinktank ‘Chatham House’ and a visiting Professor at the UN-mandated University for Peace.

Most recently he has been supporting UNEP country offices in Afghanistan and South Sudan on projects to address some of the natural resource management dimensions of peacebuilding. Before that he spent a couple of years managing a UNEP country program in Sierra Leone: working to build the government’s capacity for more effective environmental management.




Workshop Description:

Natural resource conflicts lie at the intersection of environmental, political, legal, cultural and global business matters.

Natural resources including land, renewable resources (e.g. timber and water) or non-renewable resources (e.g. hydrocarbons and minerals) have helped to perpetuate civil wars and trigger cross-border disputes —particularly when they are controlled by criminal gangs, siphoned off by corrupt officials or dominated by certain social or ethnic groups.

The United Nations estimates that since 1950, 40 per cent of all intrastate conflicts have had a link to natural resources, and that this link increases the risk of a relapse into conflict in the first five years following a peace deal.

This short workshop provides students with an appreciation of the complex relationships between natural resources and conflict. It introduces students to applied analytical approaches to understand and respond to natural resource conflicts. Students will leave the course with a greater understanding of the risks and opportunities of natural resource management in fragile and conflict-affected countries.

The workshops will take place on: Friday, September 27th 12:00 pm -1:30 pm  Saturday, September 28th  10:00 am -1:00 pm

** Day 1 will cover context and background material, including case study. Day 2 will include working through interactive activities/exercises. **

Open to all students – Registration required as the workshop will be limited to 25 persons.

If interested in attending, please send e-mail to: weinthal@duke.edu with the following information: Name, Year, Field of Study, and sentence on why interested in this topic.


September 23, 2013
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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