Geoffrey D Dabelko

Geoffrey D Dabelko
Ohio University · Voinovich School of Leadership & Public Affairs

PhD

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Introduction
I teach and conduct applied research on environment, conflict, and peacebuilding; global environmental politics; and climate change and security. I am currently focusing on "backdraft," the conflict and peacebuilding potential of climate change responses. I direct the Environmental Studies Program and serve as Associate Dean at the Voinovich School & serve as senior adviser for the Wilson Center's Environmental Change & Security Program, a unit I directed for 15 years.
Additional affiliations
August 2012 - present
Ohio University
Position
  • Professor and Director, Environmental Studies Program
August 2012 - present
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Position
  • Consultant
Description
  • I continue to work with my colleagues at the Wilson Center as a non-resident senior advisor on a range of environment, peace, and security topics.
March 2005 - August 2014
Monterey Institute of International Studies
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Education
August 1992 - August 2003
University of Maryland, College Park
Field of study
  • Government and Politics
August 1986 - May 1990
Duke University
Field of study
  • Political Science

Publications

Publications (44)
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In 1988, nuclear war was “undoubtedly the gravest” threat facing the environment, according to Our Common Future, commonly known as the Brundtland report.1 The possible environmental consequences of thermonuclear war-radioactive contamination, nuclear winter, and genetic mutations-were widely feared during the Cold War, especially by citizens of th...
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Definition and Scope of Human Security There are many definitions of human security, which vary according to discipline. This chapter defines human security, in the context of climate change, as a condition that exists when the vital core of human lives is protected, and when people have the freedom and capacity to live with dignity. In this assess...
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There are diverse linkages between climate change and security including risks of conflict, national security concerns, critical national infrastructure, geo-political rivalries and threats to human security. We review analysis of these domains from primary research and from policy prescriptive and advocacy sources. We conclude that much analysis o...
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Vulnerability, adaptation and resilience are concepts that are finding increasing currency in several fields of research as well as in various policy and practitioner communities engaged in global environmental change science, climate change, sustainability science, disaster risk-reduction and famine interventions. As scientists and practitioners i...
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Environmental peacebuilding is a rapidly growing field of research and practice at the intersection of environment, conflict, peace and security. Focusing on these linkages is crucial in a time when the environment is a core issue of international politics and the number of armed conflicts remains high. This article introduces a special issue with...
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Revised and updated throughout, this unique anthology examines global environmental politics from a range of perspectives and captures the voices of both the powerless and the powerful. Paradigms of sustainability, environmental security, and ecological justice illustrate the many ways environmental challenges and their solutions are framed in cont...
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This chapter examines the concept of environmental security, focusing on how it has both broadened and deepened the issue of security. It first traces the origins of environmental security, showing that it is the product of a merger of international environmental agreements, efforts by the peace movement to contest the meaning and practice of secur...
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Co-recipients of the Al-Moumin Award for Environmental Peacebuilding Ken Conca and Geoff Dabelko reflect on the evolution of the concept from a scholarly and practitioner perspective.
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Modern food, energy, and water (FEW) systems are the product of technologies, techniques, and policies developed to address the needs of a given sector (e.g., energy or agriculture). Wastes from each sector are typically managed separately, and the production systems underlying FEW have traditionally treated pollution and waste as externalities sim...
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Revised and updated throughout, the fifth edition of this unique anthology examines global environmental politics from a range of perspectives—contemporary and classic, activist and scholarly—and reflects voices of the powerless and powerful. Paradigms of sustainability, environmental security, and ecological justice illustrate the many ways enviro...
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If we want to make a difference in sustainable development, we need to tame the four “tyrannies” that keep us from extending our vision beyond our immediate circle of concern.
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NATO expansion has drawn renewed attention to regional security questions around the Baltic Region. Contemporary security debates raise, but leave answered, many questions of identity, membership and institutional configuration in the region. Fundamentally, the debate centers on what constitutes “security” in the Baltic region. Environmental issues...
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Scholars of international environmental politics who want their work to affect policy must learn to speak and write in a slightly different language – with extreme concision, an appealing format, and ready solutions to pressing policy questions. While communicating directly with policymakers and journalists can be time-consuming and exasperating, t...
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It has long been apparent, if not always acted upon, that cross-border environmental cooperation can yield tangible environmental, economic, and political gains. If properly designed, environmental initiatives can also reduce tensions and the likelihood of violent conflict between countries and communities. Environmental peacemaking strategies offe...
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How can environmental cooperation be used to bolster regional peace? A large body of research suggests that environmental degradation may catalyze violent conflict. Environmental cooperation, in contrast, has gone almost unexplored as a means of peacemaking, even though it opens several effective channels: enhancing trust, establishing habits of co...
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Issues associated with state inability (or incapacity) to meet international commitments-and how to build such capacity-are now ubiquitous in the theorizing, practice and research agendas of international environmental cooperation. Yet "capacity" and "capacity building" remain under-specified at the conceptual level. They are neglected areas of emp...
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T he thesis that environmental stress and population change contribute to violent conflict has undergone intensive examination over the last ten years. 1 Both case study and quantitative efforts have sought to unpack the complex mix of causal factors leading to violent conflict. Historically neglected in the study of conflict, environmental stress...
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In response to a request from Vice President Al Gore in 1994, the CIA established "The State Failure Task Force," a group of independent researchers to examine comprehensively the factors and forces that have affected the stability of the post-Cold War world. The Task Force's goal was to identify the factors or combinations of factors that distingu...
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PIP This article provides an overview of the links between environment and national security in the US. The links vary with geography and institutional affiliation. Developed countries tend to associate global environmental changes with the potential to create instability and conflict and tend to focus on the human security implications of local an...
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Sumario: The debate at Stockholm -- Ecology and the structure of the international system -- The prospects for international environmental cooperation -- Institutions as though the earth mattered -- The sustainable development debate -- From ecological conflict to environmental security? -- Ecological justice

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Projects (5)
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The aim of this project is to connect and facilitate collaboration of researchers working on Environmental Peacemaking and Peacebuilding.
Archived project
An ongoing focus of applied research and policy work dating back to early 1990s
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Engaged in a range of applied research and policy endeavors including IPCC 5th Assessment WGII Chap 12 "Human Security" and Wilson Center's Backdraft conflict & peacebuilding potential of responding to climate change.