The Word Kaboub and half of a man's face, the words Climate Stress and the words The Untold Story of the Arab Uprisings

Thursday, October 26, 5-6pm
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Abstract: The Middle East region is one of the most water stressed parts of the world. Due to climate change, the region is experiencing more frequent and more intense droughts, which reduces agricultural output, food security, and incomes in rural areas. Climate refugees within the region frequently go unnoticed, but they put additional pressure on resources and infrastructure in densely populated urban areas, thus amplifying socioeconomic inequality and potential clashes with elites and with government authorities. The presentation will survey some of the most important water conflicts in the region. It will link the origins of the Syrian conflict to climate stress, and will finally highlight the importance of the natural gas power struggles as yet another amplifier of climate-stress-related conflicts in the region.

Fadhel Kaboub is Associate Professor of economics at Denison University(Ohio) where he teaches courses on macroeconomics, monetary theory, and the political economy of the Middle East. He is also the President of theBinzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity, a public policy think tank. Kaboub served as research associate at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College (NY), the Center for Full Employment and Price Stability (MO), the Economic Research Forum (Egypt), and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (MA). His current research focuses on job creation programs in developing countries, especially in the areas of sustainable agriculture and renewable energy. You can follow Fadhel Kaboub's work on Twitter @FadhelKaboub and @BinzagrInfo