Dr. Madani’s Lecture: Iran, Water and Politics

Date:08 May, 2019

Dr. Madani’s Lecture: Iran, Water and Politics

IAUT Presents: “Iran, Water, and Politics”: a lecture by Dr. Kaveh Madani

Abstract
“Iran, Water and Politics”
The Adventure of a Water Scientist Who Got Accused of Espionage by the Iranian Hardliners

In this seminar, Kaveh Madani, a former deputy head of Iran’s Department of Environment, overviews the major drivers of Iran’s water resource problems and shares his observations during his service as the Deputy Vice President of a country that is under strong international and domestic political pressure. He argues that Iran is suffering from a socio-economic drought—i.e. “water bankruptcy,” where water demand exceeds the natural water supply significantly. Madani believes that the current structure of the water governance system in Iran together with the international pressures on the country and the resulting food-dependence paranoia leave minimal hope for a meaningful reform that can address Iran’s water and environmental problems in a timely manner. In this talk, he reviews how the internal politics forced him to eventually resign from his post after being labeled as a ‘water terrorist’ and getting accused of espionage for CIA, MI6 and Mossad.

Bio
Kaveh Madani is an environmental scientist, educator, and activist, working at the interface of science, policy, and society. He has previously served as Iran’s Deputy Vice President of Iran in his position as the Deputy Head of Iran’s Department of Environment, the Vice President of the UN Environment Assembly Bureau, and the Chief of Iran’s Department of Environment’s International Affairs and Conventions Center. He is currently a Henry Hart Rice Senior Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies of Yale University and a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Environmental Policy (CEP) of Imperial College London. He has received a number of awards for his research, teaching, as well as outreach and humanitarian activities, including the New Faces of Civil Engineering recognition in 2012, the Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Young Scientists in 2016, and the Walter Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize in 2017.

More information about the speaker: KavehMadani.com

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