Climate change, food insecurity, and migration in the Middle East
The Middle East is currently warming at nearly double the rate of the rest of the world, presenting current and future challenges for livability and domestic agricultural systems. At the same time, high inflation, fluctuating energy prices, and the geopolitical effects of the Russian invasion of Ukraine continue to drive up food insecurity levels across the Middle East. In a region with already high migration and displacement due to conflict and a lack of economic opportunities, these trends will likely continue to be exacerbated by the interlinked challenges of climate change and food insecurity.
On May 15, the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings held an event on how pressing issues of food insecurity and climate change will affect both internal urbanization and external migration in the Middle East, and opportunities for international and U.S. action. Ferid Belhaj, the World Bank’s vice president for the Middle East and North Africa, provided a keynote address. His remarks were followed by a discussion on implementing change with Brookings experts Marsin Alshamary, Reva Dhingra, and Jeannie Sowers. The conversation was moderated by Reuters bureau chief for Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan Maya Gebeily.
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Director - Center for Middle East Policy
Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Center for Middle East Policy
Nonresident Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Center for Middle East Policy
Nonresident Fellow - Foreign Policy, Center for Middle East Policy
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - Foreign Policy
Bureau Chief for Lebanon, Syria and Jordan - Reuters
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