(All talks in the War Studies Seminar Room, 6th Floor, Strand Building, at 5.30pm unless stated otherwise: all free and open invitation)
October 23: Environmental and energy security (EES): a US Air Force view of Asia-Pacific futures
Speaker: Dr Chad Briggs, Minerva Chair of Energy and Environmental Security, Air University, US Air Force: after initial work in Europe and the Arctic in 2011 AU Minerva was asked to provide applied assessments of EES risks in the Asia-Pacific region for the USAF Chief of Staff. By focusing on water-energy relationships in China, India and Japan, this research has highlighted the vulnerable nature of many economic, political and infrastructural systems in Asia, and the security implications of cascading EES risks. This presentation will summarize some of the findings from this Asia-Pacific assessment, and how environmental and energy changes can affect US strategy in the Pacific.
October 29th: Gorillas and Guerrillas: one man’s vision in ‘the heart of darkness’.
Speaker: John Kahekwa: founder of the PolePole Foundation in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) John Kahekwa was formerly the chief tracker of the Lowland Gorillas in the nearby Kahuzi-Biega national park and is a legend in conservation circles. Having observed the human pressures on local natural resources while also dealing with the conflicts raging in eastern DRC at the time John Kahekwe set out to find a sustainable solution that could contribute to the protection of the natural resources of the park and to the alleviation of the socio-economic crisis hitting the local communities.
Location: Pyramid Room, 4th Floor, Strand Building. This is the centre-piece of the Marjan-Marsh Awards, 5.30pm; open invitation.
November 14th: Comparing the illegal trade in wildlife and drugs.
Speaker: Dr Tanya Wyatt: Acting Principal Lecturer in Criminology at Northumbria University, Newcastle, Dr Wyatt is one the world’s leading figures examining ‘green/eco’ crime while also raising the profile of ‘green’ criminology. An American, Dr Wyatt has formerly been a deputy sheriff, a correctional officer in a maximum security jail, and a patrol officer in a small town in Michigan; she is the author of ‘Green Criminology and Wildlife Trafficking: The Illegal Fur and Falcon Trades in Russia Far East’.
November 28th: Killing for conservation: the remilitarisation of wildlife protection.
Speaker: Prof. Rosaleen Duffy: in September 2012 she joined the Durrell Institute of Conservation Ecology (DICE) in the School of Anthropology and Conservation at Kent University as Professor of Conservation Politics, having previously been Professor of Politics at Manchester University and is the author of the highly acclaimed ‘Nature Crime: How we’re getting conservation wrong’, as well as co-editing ‘Capitalism and Conservation’.
January 30, 2013: Biopiracy: corporate theft of indigenous knowledge.
Speaker: Dr Tanya Wyatt
February 19th: Rhino wars: ‘green’ crime or new insurgency?
Speaker: Jasper Humphreys: while the focus on fighting rhino poaching has been on better security is this really possible given the cost as politicians have to balance conservation with human priorities which in turn govern anti-poaching strategies? However if wildlife is being poached, what does this indicate about a country’s level of internal security?