Science and Spatial Security: Building Peace Through Environmental Conservation in Southeastern Europe

Written by IEDS Director Dr. Saleem Ali and Dr. Mary Watzin, Dean of the RSENR at UVM, "Spatial Security" is a transdisciplinary paper addressing linked issues of security and environmental management in the Balkans. The fall of the iron curtain led to a redefinition of borders and a realignment of security in spatial terms. Within this region, the trans- boundary politics surrounding Lake Ohrid and Lake Prespa in the Balkan peninsula were examined to see how natural resource scarcity, environmental impairment, and environmental security interact. This article suggests that even in highly acrimonious post-conflict settings, there is clear potential for ecological cooperation.

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