Peace Studies Conference- Environmental Peacebuilding: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Brian Bruess, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University
Jon Armajani, College of Saint Benendict and Saint John's University
Ken Conca, American University


Opening Words by CSB+SJU President Brian Bruess.

Welcome and Introduction by Dr. Jon Armajani, Department of Peace Studies Faculty.

Opening Keynote by Dr. Ken Conca, American University: "Environmental Peacebuilding: Yesterday, Today. and Tomorrow."

Ken Conca is a professor of International Relations in the School of International Service at American University. His research focuses on environment, conflict, and peacebuilding; water politics and governance; and the role of the United Nations in environmental governance. Dr. Conca’s work has been recognized with several major awards, including the Grawemeyer Prize for Ideas Improving World Order, the Al-Moumin Award for thought leadership in environmental peacebuilding, the Harold and Margaret Sprout Award for best book on international environmental affairs, and the Chadwick Alger Prize for best book in the field of International Organization. He was a founding member of the UN Environment Programme’s Expert Advisory Group on Conflict and Peacebuilding. Recent books include An Unfinished Foundation: The United Nations and Global Environmental Governance and The Oxford Handbook of Water Politics and Policy (both with Oxford University Press). Dr. Conca earned his Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley.