The Crisis of Environmental Refugees: Addressing Knowledge Gaps to Meet Governance Challenges
As part of its project on “Religion and Environmentally-Induced Displacement in Latin America and the Caribbean,” led by Center Director Eric Hershberg and Research Associate Professor Rob Albro and supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, CLALS has organized a two-day workshop (January 23 & 24) in Brazil with invited researchers to survey and assess the normative and legal frameworks informing rising numbers of environmental migrants in the region, and associated governance and security challenges. This meeting will also explore possible religious contributions to regional deliberations on this topic. It will further include a public forum featuring distinguished practitioners and scholars, including AU’s Washington College of Law Associate Dean Jayesh Rathod, with the intent of discussing critical knowledge gaps and productive avenues for academic and policy collaboration to address the looming challenges of environmental migration.
With $175,000 in grants from the Ford, Open Society, and Seattle International Foundations, the Center has launched its next phase of research to fill knowledge gaps and enhance understanding of the origins, work, and impact of international anti-impunity institutions in Central America. Led by School of International Service(SIS)Prof. Charles Call with support from senior researchers at CLALS and in Central America, this project builds upon previous work analyzing the prospects for an International Commission Against Impunity in El Salvador(CICIES), as well as analysis of the Mission Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH).
CLALS Research Assistant Professor Robert Albro spoke with Tonya Mosley from WBUR in an interview on November 14, 2019. He discussed the evolution of Bolivia under Evo Morales, his recent exile to Mexico, and the social issues that self-declared President Jeanine Áñez Chávez will be faced with in the near future concerning socioeconomic inequality and enfranchisement of Indigenous rights.