Talks and Panels

“Conflict and Climate: How Global Warming Leads to Global Violence.” Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. 21 March 2024.

“Troubled Waters in Conflict: Gaza, the Golan, Lebanon, the West Bank, and Yemen.” Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center. 20 March 2024.

“Decolonizing Sustainability: A Vital Path for our Planet.” Earth Commons, Georgetown University. 5 December 2023.

On Revolution, Tyranny and the Struggle for Democracy in Syria: A Conversation with Yassin al Haj Saleh.” Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University. 11 November 2023.

“The Prospects for Political Reform: Centering Human Security and Rights in MENA.” Arab Center Washington D.C., Annual Conference. 27 September 2023.

“Catastrophes, Confrontations, and Constraints (Book Launch).” Woodrow Wilson Center. 29 September 2023.

“Syria’s Crisis: Environment, Earthquake Impact, and Humanitarian Response in 2023.” Carnegie Middle East Center. 19 September 2023.

“Climate Change and Human Insecurity: The Case of Syria.” Colegio de Mexico. May 2023.

“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.

Climate Diplomacy in the Mediterranean. Bologna Peacebuilding Forum. 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:

“Sectarianization: ISIS, the Syrian Conflict and the Future of the Middle East” (Panel 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.

Book Talks

Duke University History Department and Middle East Center. The Origins of the Syrian Conflict: Climate Change and Human Security (CUP, 2020). 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: