Length Length

8 modules released weekly, with 2-week catch-up period

Effort Effort

2-4 hours per module

Price Price

FREE

Languages Languages

English

Video Transcripts Video Transcripts

Chinese, English, Español, Français, Português

Prerequisites Prerequisites

None

Requirements Requirements

An internet connection to access course materials

ARMED CONFLICT
How natural resources and the environment

impact conflict

ARMED CONFLICT
PEACE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
How natural resources and the environment support

peacebuilding

PEACE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION
How conflict harms natural resources and

the environment

ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION
CONCEPTS, CASE STUDIES, TOOLS
How you can assess and address the relationship between

natural resources and conflict

CONCEPTS, CASE STUDIES, TOOLS

Overview

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Conflicts over natural resources and the environment are among the greatest challenges in 21st-century geopolitics. These conflicts present serious threats to human security at both the national and local levels. Natural resources and the environment can nonetheless serve as a vehicle for peace if managed in a sustainable and equitable manner. Environmental peacebuilding has emerged as a new frontier in interdisciplinary studies. It offers a conceptual and operational framework to understand the positive peacebuilding potential of natural resources across the conflict lifecycle while mitigating potential risks.

This 8-week massive open online course on Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace provides an in-depth introduction to the multiple roles that natural resources and the environment play in the onset, escalation, and resolution of, and recovery from, violent conflicts. Many of the considerations and approaches in this course are also relevant to understanding and addressing social conflicts around natural resources and the environment.

structure

  • Pre-recorded lectures
  • Readings
  • Quizzes
  • Final assignment
  • Discussion forum
  • Live Q&A sessions
These live sessions allow students to ask questions and engage directly with instructors and leading practitioners in the field. The exact dates of these sessions will be announced early in the course.

Lead Faculty

  • Erika Weinthal

    Erika Weinthal

    Lee Hill Snowdon Professor of Environmental Policy, Duke University

  • Richard Matthew

    Richard Matthew

    Director, Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Development, University of California Irvine

  • Marc Levy

    Marc Levy

    Deputy Director, CIESIN, Earth Institute, Columbia University

  • David Jensen

    David Jensen

    Head of Environmental Peacebuilding Programme, UN Environment

  • Carl Bruch

    Carl Bruch

    Lecturer, Director, International Programs, Environmental Law Institute

This course is for

Peace and security specialists who want to understand more about natural resources

Natural resource experts who want to design more conflict-sensitive programs

Sustainable development practitioners – as well as private-sector actors – who need to understand how natural resources can be developed in fragile contexts with weak governance

Advanced undergraduates and graduate students interested in the key concepts and practices of this growing field.

Questions?

Course logistics and requirements

This course is not currently open for enrollment. It will be offered again in 2019.

Certificates

Students who successfully complete the course will be eligible to purchase a verified certificate signed by the instructors.

syllabus

Module 1: Course Overview (Week 1)

1.1

Welcome and Introduction

1.2

Evolution of Environment, Peace, and Conflict Linkages

1.3

Conceptual Framework for Environmental Peacebuilding

1.4

Case Study: Environmental Peacebuilding in Colombia

1.5

Case Study: Extractives and Peacebuilding in Aynak, Afghanista

Module 2: Natural Resources and Conflict Causes (Weeks 2 and 3)

2.1

Introduction to Module 2

2.2

Drivers of Violent Conflict Emergence

2.3

Case Study: Diamonds and Conflict in Sierra Leone

2.4

Climate Stress, Conflict, and Peacebuilding

2.5

Case Study: Climate Change Dimensions of the Arab Sprin

Module 2B: Natural Resources and Conflict Causes (Part 2)

2.6

Governance and Resilience

2.7

Transparency and Access to Information

2.8

Conflict Sensitivity

2.9

Mediating Natural Resource Conflicts

2.10

Case Study: Land as a Conflict Driver in Sierra Leone

2.11

Wrap-up of Module 2

Module 3A: Natural Resources and the Environment during Armed Conflict (Part 1)

3.1

Introduction to Module 3

3.2

The Importance of Natural Resources during Conflict

3.3

Environmental Impacts of Armed Conflict

3.4

Breakdown of Environmental Governance and Social Relationships

3.5

Conflict Resources and Pillage

3.6

Case Study: Blood Chocolate - Cacao and Conflict in Côte d'Ivoire

Module 3B: Natural Resources and the Environment during Armed Conflict (Part 2)

3.7

National Tools for Addressing Conflict Resources

3.8

International Law Protecting the Environment during Armed Conflict

3.9

Implementing International Law during Armed Conflict

3.10

UN Security Council Tools for Addressing Resource Conflicts

3.11

Case Study: Diamonds, Timber and Conflict in Liberia

3.12

Natural Resources in Peace Agreements

3.13

Wrap-up of Module 3

Module 4A: Post-Conflict Environmental Peacebuilding (Part 1)

4.1

Introduction to Module 4

4.2

Environment and Natural Resources in Post-Conflict Assessments

4.3

Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources for Recovery

4.4

Natural Resources in Security and Stabilization

4.5

Restoring Livelihoods and Building Resilience

4.6

Resources as Entry Points for Dialogue and Cooperation

4.7

Case Study: Cooperation around Shared Water in the Jordan River

Module 4B: Post-Conflict Environmental Peacebuilding (Part 2)

4.8

Rebuilding Environmental Governance

4.9

Empowering Women in Natural Resource Management and Peacebuilding

4.10

Spatial Planning and Recovery

4.11

Mitigating Environmental Impacts of Reconstruction

4.12

Coordination in Peacebuilding

4.13

Case Study: Environmental Peacebuilding through Water Management in Wadi El Ku, Sudan

4.14

Wrap-up of Module 4

Module 5: Course Wrap-up and Final Assignment (Week 8)

5.1

Course Wrap-up and Final Assessment