Water, Conflict, and Peacebuilding
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.
Sorting myth from reality by drawing upon an emerging body of research on water and peacebuilding, Bruch will survey what we have learned about water, conflict, and peacebuilding over the past twenty years.
This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and is also part of the Clarke Forum’s semester theme, Water.
Carl Bruch is a senior attorney and co-director of international programs at the Environmental Law Institute (ELI). He has helped countries and organizations throughout Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe develop and strengthen their environmental laws, improve institutions, and build capacity. He has worked on a range of issues related to natural resources, conflict, and post-conflict peacebuilding, including in East Timor, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Liberia, Montenegro, Sierra Leone, and South Sudan, among other countries. He is currently coordinating a global initiative with UNEP, the University of Tokyo, and McGill University to examine experiences in managing natural resources to support post-conflict peacebuilding. This initiative is generating six edited books with 150 case studies by 225 authors in 50 countries (Earthscan 2012-2014), and an overarching synthesis volume published by Cambridge University Press (2014). He has edited more than ten books, and has authored dozens of articles. He is the current secretary general of the International Water Resources Association.