UCI "Blood Diamond" Expert Addresses Africa Peacekeeping

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A refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is home to people displaced by violence.
Richard Matthew, an associate professor of planning, policy & design at UCI Irvine, studies the complex social and environmental factors that have led to the proliferation of "blood diamonds" in Rwanda, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The director of UCI's Center for Unconventional Security Affairs discusses "From Blood Diamonds to Mountain Gorillas: An Environmental Perspective on Peacebuilding in Africa" Tuesday.

His discussion is culled from his field research on violence driven by the struggle to control natural resources in sub-Saharan Africa, and he'll assess the risks and opportunities that exist for conservationists who set out to manage natural resources there.

Matthew works with the United Nations in Africa as a senior expert on environment, conflict and peacebuilding. He recently conducted field research in the Albertine Rift, one of the most biologically diverse and ecologically unique regions of Africa--and the site of much political and social violence.

He is scheduled to speak from 7:30-9 a.m. Tuesday in the Arnold & Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering, 100 Academy Way, Irvine. His talk is free and open to the public, but a RSVP is requested at (949) 824-2686 or cusa@uci.edu as space may be limited. Free parking is available in the Beckman lot.

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