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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Listen to Richard Matthew talk about the power of the middle class and the importance that the middle class has on society. 

Richard A. Matthew (BA McGill; PhD Princeton) is a Professor at University of California at Irvine, and founding Director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs (www.cusa.uci.edu). He studies the environmental dimensions of conflict and peacebuilding and has done extensive field work in conflict zones in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. His research is widely diffused beyond academic outlets to support the efforts of practitioners in the conservation and humanitarian communities. He is also a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Sustainable Development in Geneva and a senior member of the UNEP Expert Group on Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding. He has served on several UN missions, including two that he led to Sierra Leone, and he was the lead author of the UN policy report, From Conflict to Peacebuilding: The Role of Natural resources and the Environment, and the UN technical report, Sierra Leone: Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding Assessment. He has over 160 publications.

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