Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Geoffrey Dabelko

Adjunct Professor

Geoffrey D. Dabelko is director of the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP), a nonpartisan policy forum on environment, population, health, and security issues founded in 1994 at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. He is also an adjunct professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Geoff has held prior positions with the Council on Foreign Relations and Foreign Policy and served as a lecturer at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

For the past 18 years, he has facilitated dialogue among policymakers, practitioners, journalists, and scholars grappling with complex links among environment, population, development, conflict, and security. His current research focuses on environmental pathways to confidence building and peacemaking, with a special emphasis on managing transboundary fresh water resources. Geoff is principal investigator for ECSP’s “Navigating Peace: Forging New Water Partnerships” initiative.

Geoff is co-editor with Ken Conca of Environmental Peacemaking (2002) and Green Planet Blues: Four Decades of Global Environmental Politics (4th edition forthcoming 2010). He blogs regularly on Grist and New Security Beat and is also editor of the annual Environmental Change and Security Program Report.

Geoff is a member of the UN Environment Programme’s Expert Advisory Group on Environment, Conflict, and Peacebuilding, co-vice chair of the Scientific Committee of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP), contributing editor to Environment, member of the editorial board of Global Environmental Change, member of the Board, Wilton Park USA Foundation, member of the Board of Experts, Center for Unconventional Security Affairs at the University of California, Irvine, member of the International Advisory Board, Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, Salve Regina University and the PBS “Journey to Planet Earth” television series initiative.


International environmental politics; international security; global health; development


M.A. and Ph.D., Government and Politics, University of Maryland; A.B., Political Science, Duke University

Selected Publications

  • Ken Conca and Geoffrey D. Dabelko, Eds. Forthcoming 2010. Green Planet Blues: Four Decades of Global Environmental Politics. (Boulder, CO: Westview).
  • Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 2009. “Avoid Hyperbole, Oversimplificiation when Climate and Security Meet” Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (August 24).
  • Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 2009. “Planning for Climate Change: The Security Community’s Precautionary PrincipleClimatic Change Vol 96 (1): 13.
  • Kent Hughes Butts and Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 2009. “One Way to Boost US-China Military CooperationChristian Science Monitor (April 21).
  • Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 2008. "An Uncommon Peace: Environment, Development, and the Global Security Agenda." Environment Vol. 50 (3): 32-45.
  • Karin Bencala and Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 2008. "Water Wars: Obscuring Opportunities." Journal of International Affairs Vol. 61 (2): 21-33.
  • Coleen Vogel, Susanne C. Moser, Roger E. Kasperson, and Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 2007. "Linking Vulnerability, Adaptation and Resilience Science to Practice: Players, Pathways and Partnerships." Global Environmental Change (17): 349–364.
  • Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 2005. “Speaking their Language: How to Communicate Better with Policymakers and Opinion Shapers – and Why Academics Should Bother in the First Place” International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law, and Economics 5:4 (December): 381-386.
  • Aaron T. Wolf, Annika Kramer, Alexander Carius and Geoffrey D. Dabelko "Managing Water Conflict and Cooperation", State of the World 2005: Redefining Global Security (Norton, 2005): 80-95.
  • Ken Conca, Alexander Carius, and Geoffrey D. Dabelko. 2005. "Building Peace Through Environmental Cooperation," with Ken Conca and Alexander Carius, State of the World 2005: Redefining Global Security (Norton): 144-155.
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