Book Talks – The Origins of the Syrian Conflict: Climate Change and Human Security (CUP, 2020)

Duke University History Department and Middle East Center. 30 March 2022.

Centre Arabe de Recherche et d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (CAREP Paris). 18 November 2021.

Japanese Association for Asian Studies (JAAS). Domestic and Regional Dimensions of Transboundary Water Relations in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. 19 June 2021.

School of Oriental and African Studies. SOAS Economics Sustainability Group. 18 June 2021.

SUNY Geneseo. Book Talk for Professor Raslan Ibrahim’s class on War and Peace in the Middle East. 20 April 2021.

Princeton University Bobst Center for Peace and Justice. Workshop on Arab Political Development. 9 April 2021.

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Middle East Centre. November 2020:


#1. Securitization of food and climate in the Syrian conflict with Dr. Marwa Daoudy. Syria; Alternative Dialogues. 30 August 2022.

Episode 8: Marwa Dowdy discusses Syria and Climate Change. The Duck of Minerva Podcast. 14 August 2021.

The Fire These Times. Syria, State Ideology, and Climate Politics. 3 June 2021:

Undercurrents: Water Weaponization in Syria, and Mental Health in Politics. Chatham House. 15 October 2020:

Project SEPAD (Sectarianism, Proxies and De-sectarianization) – SEPADPOD. Richardson Institute, Lancaster University. 9 July 2020:

Babel Podcast on the relationship between climate change and human insecurity. Center for Strategic and International Security (CSIS). 2 June 2020:

Other Talks

“Climate Change and International Security” CISS Annual Conference. Princeton University. 24 March 2022.

The Challenges of Climate Security in the Middle East. Rivers for Peace Workshop. American University. 14 March 2022.

Annual MENA Forum. Social Science Research Council (SSRC). 10-11 January 2022.

Cassandra Conference. World Bank. 15-17 November 2021:

Experts Meeting on Climate Change, Peace, and Security in the MENA. Social Science Research Council (SSRC). 8-9 September 2021.

Bologna Peacebuilding Forum. Climate Diplomacy in the Mediterranean. 18-19 May 2021:

The Syrian Uprising: Ten Years Later, A Decade of Reslience with human rights activist Omar Alshogre. Georgetown MENA Forum. 26 April 2021.

Mare Omnium: A Shared Approach to Mediterranean Security. Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI). 3 December 2020:

Reducing the Risks of Climate-Related Water Conflicts, World Water Week. Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). 28 August 2020:

Climate Change, Conflict and Water Politics in the Arab World. Arab Center Washington (ACW). 8 July 2020:

Physical Destruction and Prospects for Reconstruction: A Middle East Perspective. Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. Washington, DC. 10 February 2016:

The Governance of Transformation in the Arab Region: Strengthening Peace Enablers. United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA). Beirut, Lebanon. 2 December 2015:

Transnational Militant Movements and the Arab Region. Carnegie Corporation. New York, NY. 2 October 2015:

Panel on “Sectarianization: ISIS, the Syrian Conflict and the Future of the Middle East” (with Steve Heydemann and Joshua Landis). Denver University Center for Middle East Studies. 1 October 2014:

Has the Arab Spring become a Desert Storm? Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society – Global Meeting. Deauville, France. 10-12 October 2012:

Colloquium on Implications of the Arab Uprisings. Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). New York, NY. 29-30 March 2012:

The Conflict in Syria. Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Princeton, NJ. 7 February 2012.