Harnessing Natural Resources for Peacebuilding: Lessons From U.S. and Japanese Assistance
Note: The event webcast breaks at 12:15 p.m. and resumes at 2:15 p.m.
The United States and Japan are two of the largest sources of bilateral assistance to countries seeking to rebuild after conflict. Decades of experience illustrates the need for more effective approaches to post-conflict peacebuilding and diplomacy. Natural resource management offers as-yet underutilized approaches for peacebuilding. This symposium celebrates the development of Harnessing Natural Resources for Peacebuilding: Lessons from U.S. and Japanese Assistance. Drawing upon analyses by U.S. and Japanese researchers and practitioners of projects from Afghanistan, Iraq, the Philippines, Timor-Leste, and elsewhere, the book identifies lessons and opportunities for how natural resource-management programs can strengthen U.S. and Japanese peacebuilding initiatives.
Please join us for a conversation with several contributors to this book as they discuss lessons for development and security practitioners on the roles of natural resource management in conflict and peacebuilding; lessons on conflict dynamics and power structures in post-conflict situations; and, development challenges in post-conflict natural resource management programs.
Geoffrey D. Dabelko // Senior Advisor, Environmental Change and Security ProgramDirector of Environmental Studies, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, Ohio University
John Cruden //Environmental Law Institute
Global Infrastructure Fund
Carl Bruch //Environmental Law Institute; International Union for Conservation of Nature
Center for Naval Analyses
9:00-9:45 Welcome, opening remarks, and overview
• Welcome: Geoff Dabelko, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
• Opening remarks: John Cruden, Environmental Law Institute
• Opening remarks: Norio Yamamoto, Global Infrastructure Fund
Research Foundation Japan
• Overview: Carl Bruch, Environmental Law Institute
9:45-11:00 Panel 1: Lessons for development and security practitioners on the roles of natural resource management in conflict and peacebuilding
• Moderator: Carl Bruch, Environmental Law Institute
• David Catarious & Alison Lawlor Russell, Center for Naval Analyses
(CNA), "Counternarcotics efforts and Afghan poppy farmers: Finding the right approach"
• Mami Sato, University of Tokyo, "Demobilization, reintegration, and
natural resources in Afghanistan: Afghanistan's New Beginnings Programme"
• Geoff Dabelko, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
and Will Rogers, Center for a New American Security, "Military-military
engagement on environment and natural disasters: Lessons learned for post-conflict peacebuilding"
• Jon Unruh, McGill University, "The role of infrastructure (re)development in land-based resource access and use in
11:00- 11:15 Coffee break
11:15-12:30 Panel 2: Lessons for natural resource management professionals on conflict dynamics and power structures in post-conflict situations
• Moderator: Ilona Coyle, Environmental Law Institute
• Lisa Goldman & Sandra Nichols, Environmental Law Institute, "U.S.
bilateral assistance to Liberia: Forestry as the cornerstone to
• Mikio Ishiwatari, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA),
"Redevelopment of inland water transport for post-conflict
reconstruction in Southern Sudan"
• Vladislav Michalcik, American University Washington College of
Law, "Natural resources, post-conflict reconstruction, and regional
integration: Lessons from the Marshall Plan and other reconstruction
12:30-1:45 Lunch (provided)
1:45-3:00 Panel 3: Development challenges in post-conflict natural resource management programs: time frame, adaptability, monitoring and
• Moderator: Carl Bruch, Environmental Law Institute
• Cynthia Brady and Oliver Agoncillo, U.S. Agency for International Development, "Improving natural resource governance and building peace and stability in Mindanao, Philippines"
• Mikiyasu Nakayama, University of Tokyo, "Post-project evaluation of
UNEP-IETC'S Iraqi Marshlands Project"
• Mikiko Sugiura, Columbia University, "Infrastructure and peacebuilding in Sri Lanka: Lessons from Japan's post-conflict support"
• Haruka Satoh, University of Tokyo, "Post-conflict restoration of agriculture in Timor-Leste"
3:00-3:15 Coffee break
3:15-4:30 Panel 4: Development challenges in post-conflict natural resource management programs: coordination, local engagement, institutional memory
• Moderator: Mikiyasu Nakayama, University of Tokyo
• Jennifer Wallace, University of Maryland and Ken Conca, American
University, "Peacebuilding through sustainable forest management
in Asia: The USAID Forest Conflict Initiative"
• Alex Fischer, Columbia University, "Designing environmental restoration programs in politically fragile states: Lessons from Haiti"
• Nao Shimoyachi-Yuzawa, Japan Institute of International Affairs, "Linking demining to post-conflict peacebuilding: A case study of Cambodia"
• Mikiyasu Nakayama, University of Tokyo, "Support by Australia,
European countries, and Japan to the Interim Mekong Committee during post-conflict periods in Laos and Vietnam"
4:30-5:00 Conclusion and way forward
• Mikiyasu Nakayama, University of Tokyo
• Carl Bruch, Environmental Law Institute