TEDxOrangeCoast - Richard Matthew - Natural Resources for Peacebuilding

Mankind has created borders that evolved through time. Richard Matthew explores how are borders really frontiers inviting exploration and innovation.

Richard Matthew, Ph.D., is a professor at the University of California Irvine and the founding director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs (www.cusa.uci.edu). He spends much of his time in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, studying how environmental stress contributes to violent conflict and other types of crisis. For several years he has worked closely with the United Nations to integrate natural resource management and climate change adaptation into peace-building efforts, participating in various field assessments and directing one in Sierra Leone. He teaches courses on sustainability and social enterprise.

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Comment by joseph idegwu on June 12, 2011 at 2:40pm
my current research is on the the conflict in liberia and sierra leone. iam comparing these conflicts in terms of the extent to which ethnic politics/political identity, natural resources issues and border palaver contributed to escalate, inflame and intensified the conflicts in liberia and sierra leone. during my field work in both countries i was able to see that natural resoiurces and porous border delineation are inter-linked in the crises. would want further discussion with Richard Mathews
Comment by William TARPAI on June 11, 2011 at 9:03pm

Thanks Dr Matthew - Keep up the good works.

 

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