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From West Africa to the Levant, Water and the Rise of Insurgencies in the "Arc of Instability"

  • Wilson Center 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20004 United States (map)

Water scarcity and conflict over freshwater resources have contributed to an “arc of instability” stretching from West Africa through the Maghreb and across the Mediterranean to the Levant. Rural livelihoods are collapsing, displacing many, and violent extremist organizations are gaining footholds in areas where governance is weak. As local communities demand better provisioning of water, insurgent groups, building on discontent, use water to finance their operations and as a weapon of war.

This panel at the Wilson Center will examine the causes of water conflict in the region, discuss implications for U.S. interests, and examine possible interventions to support better water governance.

Event Details

  • Date: March 1, 2017

  • When: 3:00-4:30 PM

  • Where:  Wilson Center, 6th Floor