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Swedish Seminar Focuses on Environment and Security in Crisis Situations
Chad Briggs speaks on long-range vulnerability assessments in post-conflict region
26 November 2008
On 25-26 November 2008, IES Fellow Chad Briggs participated in the NATO Partnership for Peace workshop ?Environmental security concerns prior to and during peace support and/or crisis management operations?, where Chad presented research findings on long-term redevelopment and vulnerability issues in the Balkans. The workshop was hosted by the Swedish Defence Research Institute (FOI) in Ume?, Sweden, and was attended by 45 government officials, military officers and researchers from Europe, North America and Israel. Discussions centred on environmental factors leading to instability or adverse conditions, and how to coordinate military, civilian and humanitarian agencies to respond during and after conflict. As part of the workshop, teams responded to a simulated conflict in sub-Saharan Africa, and practiced how to integrate sustainability concepts during a low-information crisis situation.
Prof. Briggs? presentation illustrated the use of long-range vulnerability assessments in post-conflict regions, and how concepts of resilience and fragility can be employed to prioritise policy. The Balkan region (particularly Bosnia-Herzegovina) is used as a case study for emergent risks and non-linear shifts in environmental health-society relationships. Basic environmental components of post-conflict stability are discussed, and how strategic intelligence analyses can be employed to identify potentially fragile regions in advance of conflicts or natural disasters. He also assessed current environmental security and early warning programmes in the United States and European Union.