Georgetown Climate Change Lecture Series

The Debate Over Climate Change

Sunday, November 11
Dr. Kai-Henrik Barth
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar

From Kyoto to COP 18

Tuesday, November 13
Dr. Mari Luomi
Research Associate
Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar

Global Warming & The Oceans: Melting of the Ice Caps, Sea Level Rise, & Acidification

Wednesday, November 14
Dr. Robert W. Corell
Center for Energy & Climate Solutions of the Global Environment Technology Foundation,
and Chair, Global Climate Action Initiave

Global Warming & The Land: Are We Heading For Water Wars In Himalayan Asia?

Sunday, November 18
Dr. Brahma Chellaney
Professor of Strategic Studies
Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, India
Author, Water: Asia's New Battleground

Climate Change: Carbon Taxes, Cap & Trade, Renewables, Sequestration & Other Remedies

Sunday, December 2
Dr. Nathan Hultman
Director of Environmental and Energy Policy Programs at the School of Public Policy,
University of Maryland


Moderated by Dr. Robert Wising



Dr. Kai-Henrik Barth

Dr. Kai-Henrik Barth is an Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFSQ). From 2002 to 2008 he was a member of the core faculty in Georgetown’s Security Studies Program (SSP) in Washington, DC, where he also served as Director of Studies for the last three years. Dr. Barth holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in physics from the University of Münster and the University of Hamburg, Germany, respectively. He received his Ph.D. in the History of Science and Technology from the University of Minnesota in 2000. He was awarded a National Science Foundation post- doctoral fellowship (2000 to 2002) and taught in the Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA) program at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service. He also worked as an Analyst in Science and Technology Policy for the Congressional Research Service and as a Mirzayan Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences. At SFSQ Dr. Barth teaches courses on the role of science and technology in international politics. In particular, he focuses on climate change, nuclear proliferation, and energy policy as areas in which science and technology intersect with politics. His publications have appeared in Physics Today and Social Studies of Science, among others, and he is the guest editor (with John Krige) of a special issue of the journal Osiris on Global Power Knowledge: Science and Technology in International Affairs (University of Chicago, 2006).



Dr. Mari Luomi

Dr. Mari Luomi is a Research Associate at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar. She holds a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies from Durham University, UK. She has previously worked in various positions for the Middle East Project and the Programme in the International Politics of Natural Resources and the Environment of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs.

Dr. Luomi’s research focuses on the climate change-related responses of small Gulf monarchies, with a special emphasis on Qatar and the UAE (Abu Dhabi). Her broader fields of interest include the domestic and international politics and political economy of natural resources and environmental sustainability in the Gulf and the Middle East.

She has earned her BSocSc and MSocSc degrees in Political Science and International Politics from the University of Helsinki in Finland. She has functioned as the Vice President of the Finnish International Studies Association, and is a long-term board member and secretary of the Finnish-Qatari Association.

Dr Luomi has published in a number of Finnish and international fora, ranging from journal articles and book chapters, through briefing papers, working papers and reports, to opinion-editorials. She has presented her research to a wide variety of audiences in Europe and the Gulf. Among her recent publications are:

  • "Green Growth in the Gulf." Current Intelligence. 2012.
  • "Middle East Food Security and Climate Change". Current Intelligence. 2012.
  • "Gulf of Interest: Why Oil Still Dominates Midde Eastern Climate Politics." Journal of Arabian Studies, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2011.
  • "Food Security in the GCC." Current Intelligence. 2011.
  • 'Abu Dhabi's Alternative Energy Initiatives: Seizing Climate Change Opportunities'.Middle East Policy, Vol. XVI, No. 4, Winter 2009, pp. 102-117.
  • (Ed.) Managing Blue Gold: New Perspectives on Water Security in the Levantine Middle East. FIIA Report 25. Helsinki: The Finnish Institute of International Affairs, 2010.
  • Climate or Oil Politics? Avoiding a Destabilising Resource Split in the Arab Middle East. FIIA Briefing Paper 58. Helsinki: The Finnish Institute of International Affairs, 2010.

Besides her research, Dr Luomi writes a professional blog for the Current Intelligencemagazine, Emissions.



Dr. Robert Corell

Dr. Robert Corell is the Principal, Global environment and Technology Foundation and its Center for Energy and Climate Solutions (DC). He is also Professor II and Arctic Chair at University of Tromso, Norway. Professor II at the University of the Arctic’s EALAT Institute for Circumpolar Reindeer Husbandry at International Center for Reindeer Husbandry in Kautokeino, Norway. (

Robert Corell is a Senior Fellow in the Atmospheric Policy Program of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). Prior to these appointments in January 2000, he was Assistant Director for Geosciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF) where for over twelve years he had oversight for the Atmospheric, Earth, and Ocean Sciences and the Global Change programs of the NSF. While at the NSF, Corell served as the Chair of the National Science and Technology Council's committee that has oversight of the U.S. Global Change Research Program. He served as chair and principal U.S. delegate to many international bodies with interests in and responsibilities for climate and global change research programs. Corell is currently actively engaged in research concerned both with the sciences of global change and with the interface between science and public policy. His current research interests involve studies of methods and models of vulnerability research, analysis, and assessments and a focused study of vulnerabilities of Arctic communities to climate variability and change, including increases in UV. Further, he is an active participant in the Initiative for Science and Technology for Sustainability. His work at the AMS Policy Program concerns climate variability and change, particularly the intersections between science and public policy. He was the chair that established the U.S. National Assessment of the Consequences of Climate Variability and Change and served on the committee that published the reports in fall 2000. He currently serves as the Chair of the steering committee for the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, which is an international assessment of the impacts of climate variability, change, and ultraviolet radiation increases in the Arctic region. Prior to joining the NSF in 1987, he was a Professor and academic administrator at the University of New Hampshire. Corell is an oceanographer and engineer by background and training, having received his Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. degrees at the Case Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and having held appointments at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the University of Washington.



Dr. Brahma Chellaney

Dr. Brahma Chellaney is Professor of Strategic Studies at the Centre for Policy Research. He has served as a member of the Policy Advisory Group headed by the Foreign Minister of India. Before that, Professor Chellaney was an adviser to India’s National Security Council until January 2000, serving as convenor of the External Security Group of the National Security Advisory Board.

A specialist on international security and arms control issues, Professor Chellaney has held appointments at the Harvard University, the Brookings Institution, the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and the Australian National University.

He is the author of six books, including Asian Juggernaut: The Rise of China, India and Japan (HarperCollins). Translated into several languages, Asian Juggernaut was published in an English paperback edition by HarperCollins, New York, in 2010. Details of this international bestseller are available at:

Professor Chellaney’s latest book is Water: Asia’s New Battleground, published by Georgetown University Press, Washington, DC. Water has emerged as a key strategic resource that could determine if Asia is headed toward cooperation or competition. The risk of water becoming a trigger for war or diplomatic strong-arming is especially high in Asia, which is home to three-fifths of the human population, yet has the lowest per-capita freshwater availability among all continents. Plans to reengineer river flows and overexploit transnational aquifers have only promoted the “securitization” of water.

This interdisciplinary study, by innovatively looking at water and security across Asia, seeks to fill a void in the literature: There are many good studies of subregional water issues in Asia (including in Southeast Asia, China, Central Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East), but none specifically focus on the larger Asian water picture in the context of peace and security. This is the first wide-ranging study of water and peace that examines Asia in its totality and employs this broader framework to thematically focus on critical issues. The book thus covers the entire Asian continent, stretching from Japan to Turkey, and from Central Asia to the Indonesian archipelago. In addition to being the first comprehensive study of the larger geostrategic dimensions of Asian water issues, the book brings out the lessons other continents can draw from Asia’s experiences so as to avert similar challenges. Read further details about this new book at the publisher’s website:

Another of his publications is a smaller, 100-page book, On the Frontline of Climate Change: International Security Implications (KAF, 2007), with Heela Najibullah.

He has published research papers, among others, in International Security, Orbis, Survival, Washington Quarterly, Security Studies and Terrorism.

Professor Chellaney is also a newspaper columnist and television commentator. He regularly contributes opinion articles to the International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, the Japan Times, the Asian Age, the Hindustan Times and the Times of India. In 1985, he won a Citation for Excellence from the Overseas Press Club (OPC), New York.



Dr. Nathan Hultman

Dr. Nathan Hultman is Associate Professor and Director of Environmental and Energy Policy Programs at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. He is also a Non-resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Associate Director of the Joint Global Change Research Institute, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Professor Hultman’s expertise is in the international climate policy, energy technologies, and private sector decisions to undertake low-carbon investments. His current projects focus on energy technology innovation in developing countries; low-carbon investment decisions in Brazil, India, Korea, and South Africa; and the Clean Development Mechanism and Technology Mechanism under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. He has participated in the UN climate process since the Kyoto meeting and is a contributing author to the IPCC. Before joining the University of Maryland, he held a faculty appointment at Georgetown University. He was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Institute for Science, Innovation, & Society and Environmental Change Institute. Dr. Hultman holds a Ph.D in Energy & Resources from the University of California. Berkley.



Dr. Robert Wirsing (moderator)

Dr. Robert Wirsing is Visiting Professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service at Qatar. Earlier he was a member of the faculty of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu, Hawaii (2000-2008) and of the Department of Government & International Studies, University of South Carolina (1971-2000). A specialist on South Asian politics and international relations, he has made over forty research trips to the South Asian region since 1965. His publications include: Pakistan’s Security Under Zia, 1977-1988 (St. Martin’s Press, 1991); India, Pakistan, and the Kashmir Dispute (St. Martin’s Press, 1994); Kashmir in the Shadow of War (M. E. Sharpe, 2002); Religious Radicalism & Security in South Asia, co-editor (Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, 2004); Ethnic Diasporas & Great Power Strategies in Asia, co-editor (India Research Press, 2007); and Baloch Nationalism and the Geopolitics of Energy Resources: The Changing Context of Separatism in Pakistan (Carlisle: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, April 2008). His recent research focuses primarily on the politics and diplomacy of natural resources (water and energy) in South Asia.

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