Energy, Water, and Sustainability

Preserving the Planet

Energy, Water, and Sustainability

Global energy demand is surging. Handled poorly, this demand will accelerate climate change and threaten the water security, food security, and well-being of billions worldwide. The program works across two projects — Basin Connect and Clean Energy Diplomacy — to help countries meet benchmarks from the Paris Agreement and U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.

The Basin Connect project identifies sustainable alternatives for water-energy development in transboundary river basins. The pilot project — Mekong Basin Connect — shapes energy and water policy planning in Southeast Asia and builds regional capacity to enact sustainable energy solutions. The Clean Energy Diplomacy project identifies state-based, bilateral, and multilateral solutions to match emerging renewable energy innovations to areas of rapidly evolving energy demand around the globe.


Research and Analysis

September 27, 2018 | EXPERT: Brian Eyler , EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby

Over the past decade, the United Arab Emirates has emerged as a global leader in renewable energy innovation.

June 20, 2018

It is often said that the history of immigration is the history of cuisine.

April 24, 2018 | EXPERT: James Borton

By James Borton In early April 2016, fishermen in Vietnam began noticing something alarming: Dead fish were washing up on the shores of several provinces. Days turned into weeks, and the dead tuna and mackerel kept coming, joined by clams and even one whale.

April 4, 2018 | EXPERT: Brian Eyler

Brian Eyler, Director of the Southeast Asia Program and Director of the Energy, Water, and Sustainability Program, spoke at the 3rd Mekong River Commissions Summit's Ministerial Meeting.

March 1, 2018 | EXPERT: Johanna Mendelson Forman

On the eve of the first anniversary the Global Food Security Act (GFSA) of 2016, the Schar School of Public Policy and George Mason University and the Stimson Center convened a group of over fifty experts representing the U.S. Department of State (DOS), the U.S.

February 20, 2018 | EXPERT: Brian Eyler , EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby

Countries in the Mekong Basin need a strategic, basin-wide approach to efficiently develop the basin’s water and energy resources in ways that protect the natural productivity of the river system.
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