Climate Change and Population Growth: Future Threats of Genocide and Solutions

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Friday, March 9th, 2018

Friday, March 9, 20189:00AM - 3:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place
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As human rights appear to recede from the international agenda to be replaced by a new wave of nationalism and right-wing populism, it is important to remind the world that massive violations of human rights, including genocide, continue to threaten large numbers of people. As the nature of these threats changes from violence engineered by nation states to more dispersed forms of violence perpetrated by criminal groups and national/religious based organizations such as ISIS, confrontation with these altered forms of violence must be addressed. If we are to create an agenda to once again create consciousness of the great importance of these events and to reignite the willingness and create an initiative to confront and prevent these changing forms of genocidal violence, we must identify them and proceed to formulate policies to deal with them.

To these ends, this symposium and discussion will bring together two of the latest analyses by two of the most prominent scholars in the field. After presenting their new insights this symposium will present commentaries and analysis, including raising critical questions to be addressed and open these up for a hopefully wide-ranging discussion.


Megan Reid


Dr. Alex Alvarez
Author of, “Unstable Ground: Climate Change, Conflict and Genocide

Dr. James Tyner
Author of "From Rice Fields to Killing Fields: Nature, Life, and Labor under the Khmer Rouge"

Dr. Maureen Hiebert
Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary

Dr. Herbert Hirsch
Professor of Political Science at Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Roger Smith
Professor Emeritus of Government, College of William and Mary

Dr. Henry Theriault
Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Worcester State University


Zoryan Institute of Canada

Munk School of Global Affairs

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