Climate Diplomacy / March 22, 2022
One of the first casualties of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was not a human life ...
Jeannie Sowers and Erika Weinthal contribute to After The Bombing Podcast, Episode 3: The impact of bombs on a city’s infrastructure
INEW / March 10, 2022
When explosive weapons are used in populated areas their effects tend to be indiscriminate ...
World Politics Review / March 2, 2021
At war’s end, the provision of water and basic services becomes one of the most important humanitarian priorities ...
Jeannie Sowers and Erika Weinthal discuss their data set on infrastructure destruction in the Yemen war in the Monkey Cage
Monkey Cage / February 22, 2021
New data takes stock of the targeting of agriculture, fisheries, health care, energy and other facilities ...
New Security Beat blog highlights Jeannie Sowers' talk at the next wave of environmental peacebuilding event at Wilson Center
New Security Beat / February 16, 2021
New Security Beat blog highlights Jeannie Sowers' talk at the next wave of environmental peacebuilding event at Wilson Center ...
Jeannie Sowers and Erika Weinthal publish article in Foreign Policy on how the Biden administration should prevent an ‘atrocity famine’ in Yemen
Foreign Policy / February 10, 2021
After declaring an end to U.S. support for the Saudi-led offensive, there is more the president can do ...
Jeannie Sowers talks about the project’s work on the targeting of civilian infrastructure and humanitarian challenges in Yemen at Wilson Center event
Wilson Center / January 27, 2021
Jeannie Sowers talks about the project’s work on the targeting of civilian infrastructure and humanitarian challenges in Yemen at Wilson Center event ...
Jeannie Sowers receives grant to study health impacts of infrastructure destruction in Middle East wars
UNH Today / May 20, 2020
Jeannie Sowers has received a grant to study the nexus of energy infrastructure and human health in wars in the Middle East. The project, funded by the Duke University Energy Initiative, is in conjunction with Erika Weinthal of Duke’s Nicholas School for the Environment ...
WIREs Water / April 1, 2020
Water and energy are closely linked in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) through coupled networks of infrastructure. This review explores the water‐energy nexus of infrastructure to explicate different patterns of ...
Foreign Policy / February 4, 2020
“What struck me when I looked at the plan is how devoid it was of a historical context. There was no recognition of the past agreements that dealt with water, or recognition of the steps that had been put into place to allow for water sharing, or recognition of water rights,” said Erika Weinthal ...
UNH Today / August 7, 2019
Jeannie Sowers, associate professor of political science, has been awarded a Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Fellowship for her ongoing work on civilian infrastructure and war in the Middle East. Sowers shares the ...
New Security Beat / August 2, 2019
“When you’re in a post-conflict phase, it means we really should be moving away from humanitarian assistance into development because we’ve moved along the conflict spectrum toward peace and development,” said Erika Weinthal, the Lee ...
Lobe Log / August 1, 2019
The persistent humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip rarely fails to make headlines, but the political violence at the heart of the territory’s problems often obscures an evolving environmental issue with just as many implications: water scarcity. ...
Duck of Minerva, Erika Weinthal & Jeannie Sowers / July 6, 2019
What is often referred to as environmental peacebuilding – the process of governing and leveraging the use of the environment and natural resources for building ...
New Security Beat, Erika Weinthal & Jeannie Sowers / March 12, 2019
In many Middle Eastern wars, targeting civilian infrastructure has become all too common. As we documented ...
“Held hostage to the conflict”: Study examining the targeting of infrastructure finds ‘slow violence’ in the West Bank and ‘extensive destruction’ in Gaza
Conflict and Environment Observatory / March 1, 2019
With the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip entering its sixth decade, a peace settlement looks increasingly unlikely. A new study looks at the impacts of the prolonged occupation ...
US study examines Israel’s ‘targeting’ of Palestinian agricultural, water and energy infrastructures
Middle East Monitor / February 20, 2019
Researchers at Duke University and the University of New Hampshire have examined how “Israel’s targeting of agricultural, water and energy infrastructures in the West Bank and Gaza Strip has had dire ...
Geneva Water Hub / November 9, 2018
The Conference will cover the multiple challenges of the nexus between water, peace and security both from the science ...
New Security Beat / October 24, 2017
Jeannie Sowers, Erika Weinthal & Neda Zawahri
Six years of brutal warfare have destroyed basic infrastructure in Yemen, Libya, and Syria. While U.S. and European governments ...
Nature Middle East / September 30, 2017
The targeting of environmental infrastructure in war has become an end in itself, with long-term implications for human welfare and ecosystems. ...
UNH Today / September 25, 2017
The destruction of essential infrastructure. Cholera outbreaks. A public health crisis.
Any one of these might seem overwhelming, but these are just some of the issues that make up the day-to-day reality throughout conflict zones in Yemen and Syria. This state of affairs, seemingly so far-removed from ...
University of New Hampshire, College of Liberal Arts / May 24, 2017
Jeannie Sowers, associate professor of political science, has been awarded a two-year grant from the Gerda Henkel Stiftung Foundation for her project, “Targeting Environmental Infrastructures: Water, Energy, and Civilians in the New Middle Eastern Wars,” with Prof. Erika Weinthal at Duke University. The foundation ...