May 10, Minnesota Peace Initiative, Climate and Conflict Panel Discussion



Join Norway House | Minnesota Peace Initiative

and a panel of experts as they analyze the global impact of this intersection.



Tuesday, May 10 • 7:00 pm McNamara Alumni Center
200 SE Oak St
Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States

Free and open to the public.
Registration is not required but appreciated.

Meet the panelists:
Dr. Shannon Smith (Deputy Assistant Secretary, East Africa, Sudan, and South Sudan in the Bureau of African Affairs, US Department of State),
Dr. Jessica Hellmann (Director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota),
Shiloh Fetzek (Senior Fellow for International Affairs at The Center for Climate and Security (Washington, D.C.)).

While working in the Senate, Dr. Shannon Smith oversaw the successful legislation to expand the State Department Rewards Program to include contemporary war criminals and organized crime and initiated provisions that culminated in the first National Intelligence Assessment on the national security implications of global climate change, along with other legislative measures. She also shepherded the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria act of 2008, which reauthorized the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS relief, through drafting and final enactment.

As director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Jessica Hellman provides overall strategic leadership for the Institute. Hellmann's research focuses on global change ecology and climate adaptation. She was among the first to propose and study ways to reduce the impact of climate change through new techniques in conservation management. Hellmann has led an important paradigm shift in ecology and natural resource management and also regularly counsels state and national governments on habitat management, restoration and endangered species conservation.

Shiloh Fetzek is currently a security analyst focusing on climate change and environment, based at international affairs and security think tanks. She previously led climate security research projects at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London. Her research interests include the social and political repercussions of rapid, large-scale ecological change and their interplay with other drivers of insecurity, including demographic dynamics. As Head of the Climate Change and Security Programme at RUSI, she led two projects in collaboration with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office on China and Mexico/Central America.
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