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Catastrophes, Confrontations, and Constraints (Book Launch)

Geopolitical competition and civil war are on the rise. At the same time, disasters like droughts, flooding, and hurricanes are increasingly devastating, partly due to climate change and persistent poverty. Join the Wilson Center for a conversation with Dr. Tobias Ide and Dr. Marwa Daoudy on Dr. Ide's new book, Catastrophes, Confrontations, and Constraints, about the interactions between conflict and disaster.

Date & Time

Sep. 29, 2023
11:00am – 12:00pm ET


5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
and Online


Geopolitical competition and civil war are on the rise. At the same time, disasters like droughts, flooding, and hurricanes are becoming increasingly devastating, partly due to climate change and persistent poverty. How are these trends interacting and what lessons can we draw for more robust policies and interventions?

Dr. Tobias Ide, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor at Murdoch University Perth, explores these questions in his new book, Catastrophes, Confrontations, and Constraints. Featuring more than 30 case studies spanning Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America, the book looks at the extent to which disasters facilitate the escalation or abatement of armed conflicts, including when and how disasters can offer opportunities for peacebuilding.

Remarks were given by Dr. Marwa Daoudy, Associate Professor of International Relations at Georgetown University, on Catastrophes, Confrontations, and Constraints and its implications for the climate, security, and development sectors.

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Dr. Ide's New Security Beat article:

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Environmental Change and Security Program

The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental change, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy.  Read more

Africa Program

The Africa Program works to address the most critical issues facing Africa and U.S.-Africa relations, build mutually beneficial U.S.-Africa relations, and enhance knowledge and understanding about Africa in the United States. The Program achieves its mission through in-depth research and analyses, public discussion, working groups, and briefings that bring together policymakers, practitioners, and subject matter experts to analyze and offer practical options for tackling key challenges in Africa and in U.S.-Africa relations.    Read more

Asia Program

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Latin America Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin America Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

Middle East Program

The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program serves as a crucial resource for the policymaking community and beyond, providing analyses and research that helps inform U.S. foreign policymaking, stimulates public debate, and expands knowledge about issues in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  Read more

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