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The Role of Water Stress in Instability and Conflict (U.S. Report Launch)

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

President Trump has said that “Water may be the most important issue we face for the next generation.” Water insecurity continues to grow in fragile areas facing rapid population growth, poverty, food and energy insecurity, and weak governance. According to a new report by CNA's Military Advisory Board (MAB), when combined with these stressors and poor resource management, water stress can contribute to the full spectrum of conflict, from civil unrest to civil wars, and can also be used as an instrument of coercion, exploited by extremist organizations and insurgents.

The Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program is hosting the U.S. launch of “The Role of Water Stress in Instability and Conflict,” the report produced by this elite group of retired Admirals and Generals from across the U.S. armed forces. The expert panel will discuss the role that water stress plays in diplomacy, violence, and conflict, and what steps the U.S. government can take to mitigate those threats through diplomacy, strategic investments, and defense.

Event Details

  • Date: February 6, 2018

  • When: 9:30 - 11:30 AM

  • Where: Wilson Center, 6th Floor