Richard Matthew to Speak on Links Between Natural Resources and Conflict

Free public lecture, "From Crisis to Sustainability," on April 19

April 12, 2013 by John Hopkins

WOOSTER, Ohio, April 12, 2013 – Richard Matthew, director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs at the University of California, Irvine, will discuss the links between natural resources, climate stress, and conflict on Friday, April 19, at 4 p.m., in Lean Lecture Hall, 303 E. University St. His talk, “From Crisis to Sustainability: Natural Resources, Violent Conflict and Peacebuilding,” is free and open to the public.

Matthew is a professor of international and environmental politics, and has done extensive fieldwork in South Asia and East, Central, and West Africa. Based on his experience as a member of U.N. technical assessment and peacebuilding missions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone, he will discuss ways in which natural resources and climate stress can affect and be affected by conflict. He also will suggest ways in which natural resource management can be more effectively integrated into post-conflict reconstruction.

Matthew’s lecture is sponsored by the college’s environmental studies program.