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Bringing together diverse actors at the nonpartisan Wilson Center

Considered a “living memorial” for our nation’s 28th President, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars serves as a link between academia and public policy. The Wilson Center builds bridges between the worlds of academia and policy through a wide variety of outreach activities, including: publications, broadcast media, social media, public meetings, and events. From 1997 until 2012, Geoff served as Director of the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) at the Wilson Center. Today, Geoff serves as Senior Adviser to the ECSP program. The Wilson Center continues to be a key partner on a number of projects and initiatives such as the Resilience for Peace Project. The ECSP blog New Security Beat offers an engaging platform to discuss the connections between the environment, development, health, conflict, and security. Members of the Dabelko Research Group regularly contribute posts to NSB.

adelphi – Since 1994, Geoff has worked closely with Alexander adelphi logoCarius, the co-founder of adelphi, a research institute based in Berlin known for its thought-leadership and policy advising on issues of environment, peacebuilding and security. Collaboratively, Geoff, Alex, and their respective colleagues have produced a number of U.S. AID Resource and Conflict Toolkits, the G7 foreign ministers report A New Climate for Peace, and several reports on Environment, Conflict, and Peacebuilding for the UN Environment Programme. The partnership continued when Geoff moved to Ohio University in 2012. In addition to continued applied research and policy consulting, members of the Dabelko Research Group like Winter Wilson have also interned with adelphi, writing and editing on climate change and security for adelphi’s noted Climate Diplomacy. Check out Geoff ‘s Wilson Center interview with Alexander on environmental peacebuilding.

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Mt. Hajla, Kosovo

Todd Walters and Geoff Dabelko first began working together at the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program in 2005. A few years later Todd founded his own organization, International Peace Park Expeditions (IPPE), to provide experiential learning opportunities around transboundary conservation and environmental peacebuilding in conflict-affected parts of the world. Working closely with local partners, IPPE fosters an interdisciplinary approach to leadership and collaboration. In collaboration with IPPE, Ohio University’s Voinovich School and Office of Global Opportunities has taken students from Ohio University, George Washington University, Ohio State University, Georgetown University, University of Cincinnati, Pratt Institute, Kent State University, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies on a one of a kind study abroad program to Kosovo, Albania, and Montenegro since 2014. To learn more about the program, contact Ohio University faculty lead Geoff Dabelko. Students in the Dabelko Research Group regularly serve on the leadership team for the program (Alex Sargent, Gracie Keyes, Linsey Edmunds, and Meg Little).

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