I am a political scientist with an interdisciplinary approach. My research program in the last decade has generally focused on the intersection of security, politics, law and economics to examine the problems of water and the question of conflict, with a focus on the Middle East. 

My main scholarly contributions have focused on three more specific research interests. The first is the relationship between transboundary water resources, power, conflict and cooperation. The second is a critical examination of the climate change-conflict nexus that is applied to developing countries in conflict. The third is the intersection of climate change and environmental justice, revealing the colonial and gendered dimensions of climate change and adaptation and the impacts of extractivism and territorial occupation on human vulnerability.

With fluency in written and spoken Arabic, English and French, I focused on primary sources to reflect on these subjects and have published books and articles in both English and French. 

I have received funding from the Swiss National Foundation, the Feris Foundation of America, Georgetown University, Princeton University and the London School of Economics. My latest book received the 2020 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award by the International Studies Association (ISA)’s Environmental Studies Section for best books in environmental studies. My first book received the Ernest Lémonon Book Prize from the French Academy (Académie Française).

Seif Ghobash Chair in Arab Studies
Associate Professor of International Relations
Earth Commons Initiative Affiliated Faculty
Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) | ICC 251
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service | Georgetown University
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Washington, DC 20057-1020