Development Studies Seminar

9 Apr 2019 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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2nd Floor Geography
Geography, GLB 2.03
Iran, a country with a hot and dry climate in the Middle East is experiencing many national security threats. Iran has uneasy and hostile relations with its neighbours, has terrorist hot spots in its vicinity, and has been experiencing a face-off with the hegemon, US, for around 40 years now. However, one of the biggest threats to its national security and survival is water scarcity and how the population consumes and manages their fresh water resources. In this seminar, Sirous will talk about how climate change has affected the country and how the increasing population has put pressure on the agricultural sector to produce more food. This seminar will also address how the agricultural sector itself has never advanced and used better ways to manage its water resources. Finally, Sirous will talk about how political mismanagement and corruption, alongside all other points mentioned, has made the water situation worse and could endanger the lives of many if not mended soon. For anyone interested, the following link is a short piece that Sirous Amerian wrote for the Atlantic Council: https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/iransource/inefficient-agriculture-is-killing-iran Sirous Amerian is a PhD Candidate and Tutor at the Centre for Defence and Security Studies, Massey University. He is also a guest Iran Analyst and contributor to the American Think-Tank, Atlantic Council’s Future of Iran initiative. His area of interest and expertise is Asia-Pacific and Middle East Security.
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