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. 

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Research and Analysis

April 23, 2015 | EXPERT: David Michel

As the world celebrates Earth Day today, the links between environmental concerns and global security challenges are sharper than ever.

April 22, 2015 | EXPERT: David Michel

Last week, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan signed a landmark “Declaration of Principles” on the development of the Nile, provisionally defusing years of tensions between the three riparian nations over their respective rights to the river’s vital waters.

April 7, 2015 | EXPERT: David Michel

The Stimson Center’s Bridging the Divide: Transboundary Science & Policy Interaction in the Indus Basin is the ambitious outcome of Stimson’s Indus Basin Science Policy Visiting Fellows project and the collaborative work of two exceptional researchers, Dr. Muhammad Jehanzeb Masud Cheema from the University of Faisalabad in Pakistan and Dr. Prakashkiran Pawar of The Energy and Resources Institute in India. 

March 18, 2015 | EXPERT: David Michel

Global threats transcend national borders and force actors to seek concrete solutions to common challenges. On the major transnational dangers of our day – conflict, climate change, weapons and beyond – Stimson seeks solutions that will work now and in the years to come.

November 20, 2014 | EXPERT: David Michel

Dear Friends of the Environmental Security Program, 

November 20, 2014

In the early 21st century, many of the world's most critical waterways face unprecedented socio-economic and environmental pressures.

September 8, 2014

The recent Napa earthquake highlights just how far we’ve come with disaster-proofing cities. But while luckily there were no fatalities, one overlooked issue remains: widespread gas and water main breaks.

February 10, 2014 | EXPERT: David Michel

David Michel, senior associate and director of Stimson's Environmental Security program, was interviewed by the British Broadcasting Corporation on the serious threat of increased stress on water resources in Iran.

October 1, 2013 | EXPERT: Russell Sticklor

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 elsewhere.

September 1, 2013

Fed by the snows and glaciers of the Himalaya and the seasonal rains of the South Asian monsoon, Nepal's rivers represent one of the world's greatest untapped sources of hydroelectricity.
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