December 8, 2016 | Mass Violence and Atrocities

Climate Change & Food Insecurity—The Role of Environmental Risk Factors in Preventing Atrocities

This panel, open to the public, will emphasize the importance of considering how food security and environmental stress are underestimated as stabilizing factors in an uncertain world. Acute environmental threats across the globe decrease stability of the international order and increase risk factors for mass atrocities. The repercussions are especially hazardous to the most vulnerable population groups, such as women, children, elderly persons, indigenous peoples, migrants, rural workers, persons with disabilities, and the poor. Well-structured, integrated interventions supporting food security and environmental stability may concretely contribute to peace and conflict mitigation, each necessary for sustainable development.

Moderated by:

  • Lawrence Woocher, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide


  • Cullen Hendrix, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
  • Anastasia Buscicchio, Budapest Center for Mass Atrocities Prevention
  • Annie Bird, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, US State Department
  • Sohara Mehroze Shachi, Climate change, Energy and Environment Programme, UNDP


Jai-Ayla Sutherland

Program Officer
Mass Violence and Atrocities