Water Security

Environmental Security

Water Security

The multifaceted relationship between the availability of and access to water and conflict has become increasingly apparent in recent decades. Growing populations and economies, unsustainable and shifting consumption, and mounting environmental challenges exert increased pressure on the world's freshwater resources. International water-related tensions are well-documented and confrontations over water can fuel internal conflicts, especially in regions where the resources are scarce and capacity is low. Stimson's portfolio looks at the world's most critical transboundary waterways, which are facing unprecedented economic and environmental pressures. 


Research and Analysis

July 14, 2017 | EXPERT: David Michel

David Michel, Nonresident Fellow in Stimson's Environmental Security program, contributed a chapter on "Iran's Impending Water Crisis" to the book Water, Security, and US Foreign Policy. Book Summary:

December 5, 2016 | EXPERT: David Michel

This volume calls upon over a dozen Indus observers to imagine a scenario for the Indus basin in which transboundary cooperation over water resources overcomes the insecurity arising from water dependence and scarcity.

November 28, 2016 | EXPERT: David Michel

Key Points

August 24, 2016 | EXPERT: David Michel

Toward Global Water Security, a report produced by the Atlantic Council and U.S. Water Partnership, outlines a process for forging a stakeholder-driven, “Whole of America” water grand strategy.

June 18, 2015 | EXPERT: David Michel

Many of the world’s most critical transboundary waterways are facing unprecedented economic and environmental pressures.

May 8, 2015

The Stimson Center was honored to host a discussion with His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang on the environmental challenges facing the Himalayan regions of India, Bhutan, and Nepal, and his efforts to further resilient adaptations in partnership with local communities.
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