Middle East

Matthew Brubacher
UN Climate Security Mechanism
Matthew Brubacher works as an independent consultant specialised on climate change in fragile states. He currently works as the Program Manager for Climate Security in the Horn of Africa with the UN Climate Security Mechanism. He spent the past five years as an Economic Advisor to the UN Support Mission in Libya supporting the country’s energy transition and promoting sustainable management. Previously, Matthew worked in several UN peace operations, as a Cooperation Advisor to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and as a Political Advisor to the Palestine Liberation Organisation. He is particularly interested in utilizing conflict dynamics as a means to catalyze low carbon economic recovery.

Marwa Daoudy
Georgetown University School of Foreign Service (SFS) & Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS).

Marwa Daoudy is Associate Professor of International Relations at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (SFS) and the Seif Ghobash Chair in Arab Studies at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS). Dr. Daoudy’s research and teaching focus on Critical Security Studies, Climate Change and Environmental Politics, International Relations, Negotiation and Mediation theory, Water conflicts and Middle East politics. Her second book is titled The Origins of the Syrian Conflict: Climate Change and Human Security (CUP, 2020). Her first book The Water Divide between Syria, Turkey and Iraq: Negotiation, Security and Power Asymmetry (CNRS Editions, 2005) received the Ernest Lémonon Prize by the Institute of France at the French Academy (Académie Française). Amongst her other publications feature an article on ‘Water Weaponization in the Syrian Conflict: Strategies of Domination and Cooperation’ (International Affairs, 2020) and a report titled ‘Syria’s Human Security is Inseparable from Its Environmental Health’ (The Century Foundation, 2020). In parallel to her academic work, she collaborates as policy advisor and consultant for government agencies, non-governmental and multilateral organizations as well as the private sector. Dr. Daoudy has collaborated with the UNESCO-World Water Assessment Program (WWAP) and advised the United Nations Development Program (UNDP, Jerusalem) on the Middle East peace and water negotiations.