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Conversations with Strategy featuring Adrian Garside on armed conflict and the environment


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Chair: Eleonora Natale, Lecturer in International History

Discussant: Dr Jasper Humphreys, Director of Programmes, The Marjan Study Group

Speaker: Adrian Garside, Visiting Research Fellow, The Marjan Study Group 

Adrian Garside, Visiting Professor at the Marjan Conflict, Biodiversity and Military Sustainability Study Group, King’s College London, will discuss his work on wildlife conservation in conflict-affected countries including South Sudan.

'Conversations with Strategy' is an events series offering all War Studies students a unique opportunity to gain insights from some of our most prestigious visiting fellows. From former diplomats to intelligence analysts, journalists, civil servants and policymakers, visiting fellows will discuss their career journey, key tips, advice for success in their chosen profession and the lessons they’ve learned, and offer insights into contemporary strategic challenges.

This will be followed by a Q & A and conversation with students.



Adrian Garside brings 30 years of experience addressing violent conflicts in the central and north Africa region, the Middle East and Balkans. A former British Army officer, Strategic Planning Officer at the United Nations Headquarters, adviser to the African Union Mission in Darfur and the UK Government’s first Stabilisation Adviser in Southern Sudan, he has first-hand experience of complex crises over natural resources from military, stabilisation and development perspectives.

Adrian has spent much of the past 9 years at the interface of wildlife conservation and armed conflict in South Sudan – working with rural communities, hybrid security actors and the national Wildlife Service – in a unique tropical forest belt linking the biomes of east and central Africa. He joined the Department of War Studies in 2017 and received the Marjan Marsh award on behalf of the Community Wildlife Ambassadors, a conservation group he had established in South Sudan during the civil war.

Adrian’s research focuses on the practice of wildlife conservation amidst war and armed conflict. He examines the actors involved in Protected Area management, from wildlife rangers to rural communities, hybrid security actors and armed forces; and their relationship with each other and the territorialisation of wildlife habitat. His geographical focus is the Nile/Congo watershed.


This event is part of the 'Conversations with Strategy' seminar series, that will offer students a unique opportunity to gain insights from the Department's distinguished visiting fellows.

Please register via Zoom, once registered attendees will receive an email confirming the joining details.

At this event

Adrian Garside

Adrian Garside

Visiting Research Fellow, The Marjan Study Group

Jasper Humphreys

Jasper Humphreys

Director of Programmes, The Marjan Study Group

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