Green Mountain Global Forum (GMGF) is hosting Dr. Saleem Ali for a discussion on the relationship between resource scarcity, environmental concerns, and global conflict. The talk will cover how the concept of "national security" is evolving in the face of globalization, scarcity of resources, and environmental concerns. Dr Ali will focus on his particular research interest: the causes and consequences of environmental conflicts and how ecological factors can promote peace. 

Dr. Ali is a professor of Environmental Studies at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at UVM and on the adjunct faculty at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies. He is also on the visiting faculty of the United Nations mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. Ali has authored numerous books and articles including Islam and Education: Conflict and Conformity in Pakistan and Beyond (forthcoming), Peace Parks: Conservation and Conflict Resolution (2007), and Mining, The Environment and Indigenous Development Conflicts (2004).

In 2007, he was selected as one of eight "revolutionary minds" by the award-winning international science magazine, SEED, for his efforts to develop a "peace park" on a glacial site on the disputed border between India and Pakistan. The SEED awards recognize creative, cross-disciplinary work solutions to problems. In her article describing the winners, SEED author Emily Anthes wrote that Ali's proposal "could not only preserve an important ecosystem but also provide a face-saving exit strategy for both nations." Ali explained, "In those cases of a territorial conflict, a peace park makes a lot of sense because you’re going to have joint management and create some common ground."

Dr. Ali is currently on sabbatical from UVM and will be leaving shortly to spend the rest of the school year in Pakistan where he is continuing his research.

Venue: 1824 House Inn, Waitsfield, 7pm start. For information call: Anne Bordonaro, 496-8131.