Ashland University Environmental Lecture to Link Environment, Peace and Security

Ashland University Environmental Lecture to Link Environment, Peace and Security

10/25/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – The second event in Ashland University’s Environmental Lecture Series this year will be a presentation by Ohio University’s Dr. Geoffrey Dabelko titled "Environment, Peace and Security: Lessons from Latin America."

The lecture will be held Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall in the Dwight Schar College of Education. This event, which is free and open to the public, is being co-hosted by the Ashland Center for Nonviolence.

Dr. Geoffrey D. Dabelko is professor and director of Environmental Studies at the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University in Athens. From 1997-2012, he served as director of the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP), a nonpartisan policy forum on environment, population and security issues at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

Dabelko continues to work as a senior adviser to the Wilson Center, where he helps facilitate dialogue among policymakers, practitioners and scholars grappling with the complex connections that link environment, health, population, conflict and security. He is a member of the United Nations Environment Programme's Expert Advisory Group on Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding, and is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Dabelko is co-editor of the 2002 book “Environmental Peacemaking,” which describes how environmental degradation can catalyze conflict and violence. On the other hand, cooperation between adversaries with shared environmental concerns can open up pathways to peace and security, by “enhancing trust, establishing habits of cooperation, lengthening the time horizons of decision makers, forging cooperative trans-societal linkages, and creating shared regional norms and identities.”

Dabelko’s most recent research focuses on climate change and security linkages as well as environmental pathways to confidence building and peacemaking, with a special emphasis on management of fresh water resources. He is a lead author for the 5th assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group II Chapter 12 on Human Security and he also teaches courses on global environmental politics, environmental leadership, climate change, and environmental peace building.  

This year’s Environmental Lecture Series explores “Environmental and Human Health in Latin America,” with perspectives from experts in human ecology, policy and scientific study related to specific environmental issues.

The Environmental Lecture Series was established at Ashland University after the Environmental Science program was implemented in 1991-92. The lecture series was designed to support the Environmental Science program by allowing students, faculty and members of North Central Ohio communities to interact with leaders in environmental science and policy. Over the years, the lecture series has generated significant campus and community involvement and support. Recent lectures are archived for viewing at:

Current support for the lecture series is provided by a grant from the Lubrizol Foundation and additional support from Ashland University. Past series have been supported by AU and grants from the GTE Foundation and the Fran and Warren Rupp Foundation.

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.