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Geoffrey Dabelko, Ph.D.

Areas of Expertise:
Climate Change, Climate Change Policies, Conflict and Security Studies, Environment and Foreign Policy, Environmental Peacebuilding, Environmental Security, Environmental Studies, International Development, Water

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Dr. Dabelko’s current recent research and teaching focuses on climate change and security, environmental peacebuilding, water conflict and cooperation, and global environmental politics.

From 1997-2012, he served as director of the  Environmental Change and Security Program, a nonpartisan policy forum on environment, population, and security issues at the  Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars  in Washington, D.C. He continues as a senior advisor to the Wilson Center where he works closely with policymakers, practitioners, and scholars grappling with the complex connections that link environment, health, population, conflict, and security.

Dabelko worked previously at  Foreign Policy  and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is an adjunct professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and has taught at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

Dabelko is co-editor, with Ken Conca of American University, of  Green Planet Blues: Four Decades of Global Environmental Politics  (5th ed., 2014) and E nvironmental Peacemaking  (2002). He is a lead author for the fifth assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Working Group II Chapter 12 on Human Security. 

Dabelko is a member of the United Nations Environment Programme's Expert Advisory Group on Environment, Conflict, and Peacebuilding and an advisory board member of Screenscope's "Journey to Planet Earth" PBS documentary initiative. He is an editorial board member of  Global Environmental Change  and a contributing editor of  Environment.

Dabelko has a Ph.D. in government and politics from the University of Maryland and an AB in political science from Duke University.

Dabelko's media placements include:

  • New York Times
  • Washington Post
  • Boston Globe
  • Newsweek
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Diane Rehm Show
  • National Public Radio (NPR)
  • National Geographic
  • Christian Science Monitor
  • Chronicle of Higher Education
  • ABC News
  • CNN
  • CBC
  • BBC online
  • Climate Wire
  • Al Jazeera
  • The Huffington Post
  • To the Point with Warren Olney
  • WBEZ Chicago

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