Dismantling Green Colonialism


Dr. Hamza Hamouchene

Algerian researcher and activist; North Africa Programme Coordinator at the Transnational Institute (TNI)

Katie Sandwell

Programme Coordinator with the Transnational Institute (TNI)

The Arab region is a focus of world politics, with authoritarian regimes, significant fossil fuel reserves, and histories of colonialism and imperialism. It is also the site of potentially immense green energy resources.

In Dismantling Green Colonialism: Energy and Climate Justice in the Arab Region, Katie Sandwell and Dr. Hamza Hamouchene explore a region ripe for energy transition but held back by resource-grabbing and (neo)colonial agendas. They show the importance of fighting for a just energy transition and climate justice by exposing policies and practices that protect global and local political elites, multinational corporations, and military regimes. Covering a wide range of countries, from Morocco, Western Sahara, Algeria, and Tunisia to Egypt, Sudan, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Palestine, this book challenges Eurocentrism. It instead highlights a class-conscious approach to climate justice that is necessary for our survival.

Arab Center Washington DC (ACW), in partnership with the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), the Transnational Institute (TNI), and Busboys and Poets, is pleased to host the co-editors of Dismantling Green Colonialism, Dr. Hamza Hamouchene and Katie Sandwell, and the Climate Justice Project Director at IPS, Basav Sen, on the Busboys stage to share their knowledge about the history of green colonialism and how we should approach climate activism today.

This event is free and open to all. Our program begins at 6:00 pm, and will be followed by an audience Q&A. Copies of the book will be available for purchase before and after the event, and our guests will be signing following the program.


Busboys and Poets, 450 K Street Northwest Washington, DC 20001


Wednesday April 17, 2024


6:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET