“Conflict and Climate: How Global Warming Leads to Global Violence”

On March 21, three academics examined the complex relationship between conflict and climate at HFG’s first speaker series event of 2024. They discussed how climate intersects with other vulnerabilities and how these factors contribute to violence often attributed to climate change. The speakers challenged dominant narratives about climate-induced conflict; noted the impact of war and conflict on the environment itself, and examined the psychological impact of climate change. They also delved into the historical impact of colonialism, capitalism, and militarism on climate change, with special emphasis on the global south.

Speakers included:

Marwa Daoudy is Associate Professor of International Relations at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (SFS) and the Seif Ghobash Chair in Arab Studies at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) at Georgetown University.

Sarah Njeri is a Lecturer in Humanitarian and Development at the Department of Development Studies at SOAS, University of London.

Javier Puente is Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino/a Studies and Chair of Latin American and Latino/a Studies at Smith College.

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