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Online Event | Burning Sand: MENA and Climate Change

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This is a cross-post from the Cambridge Middle East and North Africa Forum.

Written By Patrik Kurath
Meeting ID: 917 8867 4458

By the end of the century, the Persian Gulf could be too hot for human habitation. Water sources like the Golan Heights and the Nile are sources of tensions. With the effects of climate change only set to grow in the coming of years, what are the consequences for the region? With implications on security, migration, and local economies, a change is necessary but remains unclear. While countries like Morocco are embracing solar energy, Saudi Arabia continues to rely on oil. To find out and discuss what this all means, join us on Tuesday 8 September at 4 pm (UK time) to hear our panel of experts discuss the ramifications and possible solutions to this multi-decade challenge.


Dr. Colin P. Kelley is a Senior Research Fellow with the Center for Climate and Security. He is also Associate Research Scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University. Colin is a climate scientist focusing on climate variability and change, particularly drought, in semiarid and arid regions that are especially vulnerable. He has published ground-breaking research on the relationship between climate change and drought in Syria and the broader Levant, and is a regular commentator on this subject.

Rim Boukhchina is a renewable energy expert with more than fourteen years in strategic studies, planning, and development of renewable energy projects. She is the Head of Sustainable Energy Policies and Member States Support Unit at Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. She carries a wide experience in project implementation and management, sustainable energy policy issues, electricity markets, and RE regulatory frameworks.

Dr Marcus DuBois King is John O Rankin Associate Professor, and Director of the Master of Arts in International Affairs Program at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. His research and writing has focused on the role fo water in the MENA region. In the 1990s, Dr. King held appointments in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he represented the United States for negotiation of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change and the Office of the Secretary of Energy. He is Senior Fellow and member of the Advisory Board at the Center for Climate and Security.

Dr Holger Hoff is a Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environmental Institute. He is also Senior scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Dr Hoff’s main research and development interests are: integrated natural resources management (the nexus), climate vulnerability and adaptation, sustainable production and consumption, teleconnections in water and land systems, operationalization of planetary boundaries and science based targets. His geographical focus is the Middle East and North Africa region and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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