Kuwait Chair Conference

The Kuwait Chair at Sciences Po presents an academic conference:

Crisis and Conflict in the Agrarian World:
An Evolving Dialectic

March 2-3, 2017
Sciences Po, Paris

Organized in collaboration with the American University of Beirut (AUB)
and the Barcelona Center for International Affairs (CIDOB)

Chaired by Eckart Woertz, scientific advisor of the Kuwait Chair at Sciences Po


Agriculture and food security are globally affected by crises and rural communities are among the worst affected by various forms of conflicts. On the other hand there are agricultural and rural drivers of crisis and conflict (including competition over natural, water, and land resources). This is particularly pertinent in many regions of the developing world such as the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia.

Crisis and conflict affect the human and natural agricultural landscapes and shape social and gender relations. Appropriate strategies to rehabilitate agriculture during and following crisis or conflict are crucial in making livelihoods more resilient and rebuilding societies after periods of crisis and conflict.

Against this backdrop, the Kuwait Chair at Sciences Po invites to an academic conference on the topic of "Crisis and Conflict in the Agrarian World: An Evolving Dialectic," in cooperation with the American University of Beirut and CIDOB, the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs.


Registration is compulsory. Please RSVP online



Thursday, March 2

09:00 – 09:30 Welcome Address and Introduction 

  • Eckart Woertz, Kuwait Chair at Sciences Po
  • Rami Zreik, American University of Beirut

09:30 – 11:00 Session 1: Natural Resources and Conflict: Land Tenure and Rights

  • Eckart Woertz, Kuwait Chair at Sciences Po (Moderator)
  • Matthew Hoffman, Norwegian Centre for Rural Research, Norway - The Role of Land Reform in Rural Development: Productivity or Democracy? 
  • Michele Nori, Migration Policy Center and European University Institute, Italy - Development, Conflict, and Crisis along the Pastoral Belt
  • Ali Nobil Ahmad, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Germany - The Politics of Resources: Conflict and Resistance in Pakistan's Southern Punjab

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break 

11:30 – 12:30 Session 2: Natural Resources and Conflict: Water Resources 

  • Sébastien Treyer, IDDRI, Sciences Po (Moderator)
  • Martin Keulertz, American University of Beirut - Water, Agriculture and Conflict
  • Christophe Gironde, Graduate Institute Geneva - Case Study of Vietnam, Cambodia and the Mekong Delta Region

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch 

14:00 – 16:00 Session 3: Theories, Methods, and Approaches to Conflict and Agriculture 

  • Martin Keulertz, American University of Beirut (Moderator)
  • Rachel Bahn, American University of Beirut - Agriculture, Conflict and the Agrarian Question in the 21st Century
  • Hadi Jaafar, American University of Beirut - Remote Sensing an GIS-Based Technologies for Assessing the Impact of Conflict on Agricultural Production
  • Lina Eklund, Lund University, Sweden - Understanding the effects of Crisis on Agricultural Change in the Province of Duhok, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, 1980s-2010s

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break 

16:30 – 17:30 Session 4: Conflict, Displacement, and Migration

  • Matthias vom Hau, Barcelona Institut d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI), Spain (Moderator)
  • Ole Magnus Theisen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology - Climate Change, Agriculture, Migration and Conflict
  • Carolina Castro, Secretariat of Culture, Recreation and Sports (Bolivia) - Colombia Case Study

17:00 – 17:15 Day One Closing 

Friday, March 3

09:00 – 10:30 Session 5: Indigenous and Native People’s Rights, Conflict, and Agriculture 

  • Rachel Bahn, AUB (Moderator)
  • Archana Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru University - India: Rural Roots of Naxalite-Maoist Insurgency
  • Matthias vom Hau, Barcelona Institut d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI), Spain - The Political Mediation of Indigenous Land Conflicts in Argentina
  • Marcela Torres, Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), Mexico - Prior Consultation: Ecological Defense or Bargaining over Indigenous Lands? (Bolivia, Mexico, Peru)

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break 

11:00– 12:30 Session 6: Occupation and Cross-Border Conflict 

  • Rami Zreik, AUB (Moderator)
  • Eckart Woertz, Kuwait Chair at Sciences Po - Iraq under the UN Embargo (1990-2003): Agriculture, Food Security and Regime Survival
  • Alaa Tartir, Graduate Institute Geneva - Palestine Case Study
  • Farea Al-Muslimi, Carnegie Middle East Center - Yemen Case Study

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch 

14:30 – 16:30 Session 7: Livelihoods and Rural Economies

  • Bassem Snaije, PSIA (Moderator)
  • Samuel Igbatayo, Afe Babalola University, Nigeria - Emergent Conflict in Agrarian Livelihoods of the West African Sahel: A multy-Country Study of Burkina Faso, Niger and Nigeria
  • Miguel de Porras, European Parliament and University Pablo de Olavide - Farm income as a confict: Toward New Paradigms for the Analysis of the Eu Agricultural Markets
  • Fikrie Sintayehu, Debre Berhan University, Ethiopia - Drought, Conflict and Famine in Ethiopia: Road Infrastructure in Post-Conflict Rebuilding
  • Dina Mandour, Cairo University - Food Insecurity and political Unrest in Egypt: The Inter-Linkages

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break 

16:30 – 17:00 Concluding Remarks and Next Steps