Russell Sticklor

Former Nonresident Research Fellow

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Russell Sticklor is a Nonresident Research Fellow at Stimson and a writer with CGIAR’s Research Program on Water, Land, and Ecosystems, led by the International Water Management Institute. His research focuses on the intersection of environmental change, population growth, and human security, with an emphasis on water conservation and sustainable agricultural development.

He has contributed research and writing on a number of environmental security topics to major reports released on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. State Department, and the National Intelligence Council. As a journalist, his work on environmental security has appeared in media outlets including World Politics Review, Christian Science Monitor, Outdoor America, New Security Beat,Gulf News (United Arab Emirates), Diplomat (Japan), RT (Russia), Nation (Pakistan), and Radio Ciudad Del Mar (Cuba). Sticklor has also given lectures about the security impacts of climate change to audiences at the Defense Intelligence Agency, National Defense University, and American Meteorological Society.

From 2011 to 2013, Sticklor worked as a Research Analyst with the Stimson Environmental Security Program. Prior to joining Stimson in 2011, he worked for the Environmental Change and Security Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington, D.C.); the Diplomatic Courier (Washington, D.C.); National Public Radio affiliate WABE 90.1 FM (Atlanta, Georgia); and Facts on File News Services (New York, New York). Sticklor holds a B.A. in history from Columbia University, and an M.A. in international affairs from George Washington University.

 

Selected Publications

Water and Conflict: A Toolkit for Programming (co-author; U.S. Agency for International Development, 2014).

Underground Water Storage Can Mitigate Cross-Basin Tensions (CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land, and Ecosystems / International Water Management Institute, 2014).

How to Win the Next Mideast War – Over Water (Christian Science Monitor, 2013).

Backdraft: The Conflict Potential of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (co-editor; Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2013).

Connecting the Drops: An Indus Basin Roadmap for Cross-Border Water Research, Data Sharing, and Policy Coordination (co-editor; Indus Basin Working Group, 2013)

The Race to Harness Himalayan Hydropower (Stimson, 2012).

Water Challenges and Cooperative Response in the Middle East and North Africa (co-author; Brookings, 2012).

The Hungry Planet: Global Food Scarcity in the 21st Century (World Politics Review, 2011).

Turning Up the Water Pressure: How Population Growth Is Straining the World‘s Most Vital Resource (Outdoor America, 2010).

Research & Writing

Stimson in the News
Russell Sticklor’s co-written Op-Ed in the National Interest on Water Wars

We live in an age of great anxiety about threats to global peace and stability. Among these are worries that intense water-related stresses, now showing up in regions around the world, may become all-too-common sources of conflict. Just as often, howev…

Stimson in the News
Russell Sticklor’s op-ed on Asia in the future of Arctic development is published in The Diplomat

When the Arctic Council admitted a bevy of new official observer states to its ranks to great fanfare in May 2013,China and India’s accession dominated the headlines. But three other key Asian nations – Japan, Singapore and South Korea – also joined th…

Stimson in the News
Russell Sticklor’s essay on Asian interest in Arctic energy resources is published in The Diplomat

After a lengthy courtship, China and India formalized their relationship with the Arctic Council in May 2013 by gaining admission as official observer states. In the months since, both countries have been actively seeking influence with the Council’s p…

Stimson in the News
Sticklor offers four ways to help combat water scarcity in Christian Science Monitor

Russell Sticklor, a research analyst at the Stimson Center, argues in a recent op-ed for the Monitor that more attention must be paid to a looming water crisis in the Middle East and North Africa. A severe water shortage, Mr. Sticklor says, c…

Stimson in the News
Russell Sticklor in the Christian Science Monitor: How to win the next Mideast war – over water

A few decades from now, nations in the Middle East and North Africa could face potentially catastrophic water shortages that could pose an even greater challenge than the upheavals gripping Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, the Palestinian territories, and elsewh…

Commentary
How to win the next Mideast war – over water

A few decades from now, nations in the Middle East and North Africa could face potentially catastrophic water shortages that could pose an even greater challenge than the upheavals gripping Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, the Palestinian territories, and elsewh…

Stimson in the News
Article about Russell Sticklor’s op-ed in Radio Ciudad Del Mar (Cuba)

Article about Russell Sticklor’s Christian Science Monitor op-ed on water scarcity in the Middle East and North Africa. For those who can read Spanish, click here to read the full article.

Commentary
Eyes on Yet Another Prize in the Arctic Ocean: Fisheries at the Top of the World

For thousands of years it has been a desolate land of extremes ringing the world’s fourth largest ocean – bitterly cold and dark for much of the year, populated primarily by fish and wildlife, with native hunters just about the only humans around. But…

Commentary
Toxic Brew: Water Quality, Public Health, and Human Welfare in the Indus Basin

Recurring tensions have long set India and Pakistan at odds over the Indus River system they both share. As the downstream neighbor, Pakistan fears that Indian infrastructure or diversions on the river could diminish its water supply, undermining its e…

Commentary
Presidential Inbox 2013: Strengthen Water Security at Home and Abroad

Click here to view the complete Presidential Inbox series. The Challenge: Soaring demand, unsustainable consumption patterns, ineffective management, insufficient investment, and mounting environmental pressures increasingly imperil the world…

Report
Connecting the Drops: An Indus Basin Roadmap for Cross-Border Water Research and Policy Coordination

Connecting the Drops: An Indus Basin Roadmap for Cross-Border Water Research, Data Sharing, and Policy Coordination seeks to build mutual understanding between Indian and Pakistani decision-makers of the common water risks they confront in the Ind…

Report
Water Challenges and Cooperative Response in the Middle East and North Africa

Societies across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have long balanced the competing water demands of households, industry, and agriculture. Careful management of water resources has been an absolute necessity in this region where annual renewable…

Commentary
The Race to Harness Himalayan Hydropower

Spend a day in Kathmandu, Nepal’s sprawling capital of 4-million people, and you’ll quickly notice what has long been a fact of life in this landlocked Himalayan country, and many other South Asian nations – no reliable electricity supply exists. Up to…

Stimson in the News
David Michel and Russell Sticklor publish article on Indian Ocean fisheries in The Diplomat

On August 24, 2012, David Michel and Russell Sticklor co-authored “Plenty of Fish in the Sea? Food Security in the Indian Ocean,” published in The Diplomat. The piece explores the various ways that demographic change and climate change are impacti…

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