Traumatic Decarbonization: What happens in fragile states when oil revenues collapse?

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Panel Presentation World Peace Foundation

Thu, Apr 6, 2023

12 PM – 1:15 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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Fletcher School, Mugar Hall, Room 200

160 Packard Avenue, Medford, United States

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As the world transitions away from hydrocarbons, fragile states dependent on oil and gas revenues face a difficult adjustment. In the last decade we have witnessed the political systems of various countries. (among them South Sudan, Sudan and Venezuela) struggle with forced, long-term collapse in these revenues, while others (among them Ecuador, Iraq and Nigeria) try to cope with short-term downturns in oil prices and production. This panel explores the political implications of "traumatic decarbonization"
in fragile countries, focusing on openings for political reform.
Food Provided (Boxed lunches will be available to registered participants. )


Fletcher School, Mugar Hall, Room 200

160 Packard Avenue, Medford, United States


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Katrina Burgess

Associate Professor of Political Economy / Director | Henry J. Leir Institute

Katrina Burgess is Director of the Henry J. Leir Institute and Associate Professor of Political Economy at the Fletcher School, Tufts University. She is the author of Courting Migrants: How States Make Diasporas and Diasporas Make States (Oxford, 2020) and Parties and Unions in the New Global Economy (Pittsburgh, 2004). In 2019, she wrote and produced Waylaid in Tijuana, a documentary about Haitian and Central American migrants whose journeys to the United States are disrupted by shifts in U.S. policy. Her full list of publications includes books, chapters, and journal articles on labor politics, remittances, migration, and diasporas, including a recent article in Electoral Studies with Michael Tyburski on political party outreach to voters abroad. She has also taught at Brown University, Syracuse University, UCLA, and the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and received her PhD in Politics from Princeton University.

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Alex de Waal

Executive Director

World Peace Foundation

Alex de Waal is the Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Professorial Fellow at the London School of Economics. Considered one of the foremost experts on Sudan and the Horn of Africa, his scholarly work and practice has also probed humanitarian crisis and response, human rights, HIV/AIDS and governance in Africa, and conflict and peace-building. His latest book is New Pandemics, Old Politics: Two Hundred Years of War on Disease and its Alternatives. He is also the author of Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine and The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa (Polity Press, 2015).  Full bio here.

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Aditya Sarkar

Independent researcher

Aditya Sarkar is a Ph.D student at the Fletcher School, Tufts University and an independent researcher. He has advised the Governments of Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia on developing National Employment Policies and similar issues, and has worked with the World Bank, the International Labour Organization, and the Open Society Foundations. Aditya is qualified as a lawyer in India and in England and Wales. He is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the National Law School of India University in Bangalore, India. Aditya’s research focuses on the political economy of transactional political systems and its connections to labour and migration/ displacement.