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.

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Research and Analysis

April 6, 2016 | EXPERT: Johanna Mendelson Forman

Conflict Cuisine examines the nexus of food and war.  Included in this study is the practice of culinary diplomacy and gastrodiplomacy by governments and citizens of countries that have experienced war or conflict.

November 10, 2015 | EXPERT: Johanna Mendelson Forman

Expo Milan, a World’s Fair whose central theme was feeding the planet, officially closed its doors on Oct. 31, after six months that saw 20 million visitors pass through this once swampy area on the outskirts of the city’s industrial center.

October 9, 2015 | EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby , EXPERT: Richard Cronin

This issue brief - the second in Stimson's "Letters from the Mekong" series - examines the current status of mitigation efforts at Laos' Xayaburi and Don Sahong dam projects and the relevance of the existing narrative surrounding hydropower development on the river's mainstream.

April 22, 2015 | EXPERT: Johanna Mendelson Forman

Food security as a policy issue has evolved to reflect the dynamism of global events. The increasing attention paid to food’s impact on poverty, humanitarian crises, conflicts and climate change all suggest that food security is a national security concern. 

February 27, 2015 | EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby

This is the second in a two-part series of Spotlights documenting Stimson Research Associate Courtney Weatherby’s travel to the Mekong River basin in Southeast Asia.

February 25, 2015 | EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby

This is the first in a two-part series of Spotlights documenting Stimson Research Associate Courtney Weatherby’s travel to Mekong River basin in Southeast Asia.

June 10, 2013 | EXPERT: Gordon Adams

Budget discipline notwithstanding, elected officials have strong incentives to support wasteful or unnecessary spending as long as it takes place in their states and districts.

June 10, 2013 | EXPERT: Nancy Langer

Jean Ziegler, the United Nations special rapporteur for the right to food, recently raised blood pressures by dubbing biofuels "a crime against humanity".

November 30, 2012

In July 2012 the National Intelligence Council asked the Stimson Center to examine the role of fisheries in ensuring the food supply and food security of the littoral countries of the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea and resulting implications for US security interests.

August 9, 2011

By Halae Fuller - The United Nations declared a famine in the Bakool and Lower Shabelle regions of southern Somalia on July 20, thrusting a humanitarian crisis that has been deteriorating for months into the spotlight.

September 15, 2009

By Eric Lief - Among billed centerpieces of this year's G8 summit, world hunger is hardly a new topic for international political and policy focus.
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