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CIC National Capital (Ottawa): Conflict Reduction through Disaster Risk Reduction in the Middle East?

February 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST


Join the CIC National Capital Branch’s Middle East Study Group (MESG) at this event featuring Dr. Danielle Stodilka.

Disaster risk reduction (DRR) is “the concept and practice of reducing disaster risks through systematic efforts to analyse and reduce the causal factors of disasters.” While there is a history of humanitarian responses to disasters in fragile and conflict-affected states, disaster risk reduction strategies have been given little attention, particularly in many Arab states.

Our speaker, Dr. Danielle Stodilka, will explore possible disaster risk reduction strategies that could be used in conflict and post-conflict environments, especially in the Middle East. By addressing specific targets of the Sendai Framework — a voluntary, non-binding agreement that recognizes that the state has a primary role to reduce disaster risk, but that responsibility is shared with other stakeholders — could there be new avenues to help enable peace?

Speaker’s Biography

Dr. Danielle Stodilka is a researcher on complex emergencies and peacebuilding. She is a trainer for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, certified by UNISDR. Her professional experience includes work for both public and private sectors in research and development, including

hazardous materials management and materials synthesis and characterization. She provides expertise relating to science and technology for non-scientists, risk analysts and policymakers. Dr. Stodilka serves as an independent subject matter expert for NATO, with service in Ukraine and Georgia.

She was a visiting scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and has a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida.


There is no cost to attend this event, however, we ask that you register in advance.

To register, contact:
Hamid Jorjani, Ph.D.
Chair, Middle East Study Group (MESG)
CIC National Capital Branch


February 20, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
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CIC National Capital Branch’s Middle East Study Group
CIC National Capital (Ottawa) Branch