Farwa Aamer

Research Analyst

Energy, Water, and Sustainability

Farwa Aamer is a Research Analyst with the Stimson Center’s Energy, Water, & Sustainability program. Her research focuses primarily on the security and political dimensions of transboundary river water governance in the Himalayan region. Farwa periodically organizes and convenes several Track II dialogues and discussions designed to facilitate greater inter-and intra-regional cooperation on issues around water security and hydrodiplomacy in South Asia, Central Asia and the Euphrates-Tigris river basin.

Prior to joining the Stimson Center, Farwa served as the Director of South Asia program at the EastWest Institute (EWI)—a global think tank headquartered in New York. At EWI, Farwa worked on promoting non-traditional channels of diplomacy and establishing multi-stakeholder platforms for shared economic, financial, and geopolitical interests by bringing together media influencers, thought leaders, and business experts from within South Asia and across the globe.

Farwa also has experience working in the finance industry in Pakistan as well as at a technology startup in the UK. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Economics from University College London (UCL) and has a Masters in Management with Finance from BPP Business School, London. As a student, she proactively participated in several global leadership conferences and Model United Nations (MUNs).

Farwa avidly contributes thought pieces, research articles, and commentaries to different media platforms and publications. She is fluent in Urdu, Hindi, and English, and has a working knowledge of Spanish, French, and Arabic.


Water scarcity has broad ramifications for women, particularly in water-stressed regions. A gender-balanced water governance and policy framework will ensure a secure and sustainable water future.

Fostering consensus-driven, candid, and multilateral dialogues between the major players defining the dynamics of Himalayan water security

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Water Crisis in the MENA region

Water scarcity challenges are further compounded for women who make up almost half of the global migrant population.

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Introducing Women & Water Security

Empowering women stakeholders will allow policymakers to more effectively chart out an equitable and inclusive water security framework.

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Joint Working Group on International and EU Water Diplomacy – In Focus: The Euphrates-Tigris River Basin

On April 29, 2021, the Stimson Center and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) held the third iteration of their exclusive Joint Working Group (JWG) series—launched last year—on EU’s water diplomacy with respect to the three most water-stressed regions i…

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Joint Working Group on International and EU Water Diplomacy – In Focus: Central Asia

Assessing the current challenges which impede effective implementation of equitable allocation of water resources in Central Asia.

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Joint Working Group Series on EU’s Water Diplomacy: The Himalayan Region

Setting the stage for the “International Hydrodiplomacy—Building and Strengthening Regional Institutions for Water Conflict Prevention” conference

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Water Security in the Himalayan Region: Navigating Opportunities for Joint Prosperity and Conflict Prevention

Assessing the risks and threats to water security and gauge opportunities for future cooperation between co-riparian states in the Himalayan region.

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