AED 10.00

ISBN: 978-9948-803-54-6

14 Dec 2022
Lecture Paper (5)

Will Climate Change Shape the Future of Middle East Security?

Dr. Aaisha Al Sarihi


Climate change is expected to greatly affect the Middle East region, with decreased precipitation, increased temperatures and more frequent extreme events. The implications of climate change in the region can go beyond water scarcity, food security and emergency losses, and exacerbate existing tensions or create new ones that can be felt not only within countries’ borders but also at transboundary levels. While the climate-security nexus has received growing attention, global environmental treaties, to date, lack any mention of the climate-security nexus, leaving fragile and conflict societies without inclusive climate action solutions. In the Middle East, while climate security implications have manifested across the region, the climate-security nexus is yet to be acknowledged as part of climate change conversation and regional cooperation mechanisms.

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Dr. Aisha Al-Sarihi is currently a research fellow at the Middle East Institute (MEI) of the National University of Singapore. Prior to joining MEI, Dr Al-Sarihi served as a research associate in the Climate and Environment Program at King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) from 2019 to 2021. After obtaining her PhD, she served as a research officer at the Middle East Centre of the London School of Economics and Political Science. She was also a visiting scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (2017) and the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University (2018). Dr Al-Sarihi’s areas of interest and research expertise include clean energy policy, climate economics and governance, with a focus on the Arab region and Middle East-Asia relations. She holds a PhD from the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College London and a MSc and a BSc, with distinction, from Sultan Qaboos University.