When Borders Melt

January 13, 2017
What happens when a border melts? An Italian Project is mapping how climate change will impact and shift the location of the country's borders.  Could movable borders be the solution?
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Sixaola: Sharing Waters in Central America

January 5, 2017
OSU Master's Student Dacotah Splichalova presents a platform for discussion on efforts in the Sixaola Basin to share waters and enhance water security.  This article and mini-movie is based on her Master's Thesis research in the basin.
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Summaries from the Budapest Water Summit 2016

December 11, 2016
This blog post presents a summary from several sessions at the Budapest Water Summit. It quotes OSU's Lynette de Silva about the role that water dispute resolution and conflict management can provide to address the potential for water conflicts.
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These Maps Help Fill the Gaps on the Dakota Access Pipeline

November 5, 2016
Dr. Jennifer Veilleux, along with several other OSU graduates, map the Dakota Access Pipeline to help understand the impacts to the Missouri River, connected water ways, and indigenous people.  The pipeline raises issues of tribal sovereignty, water security, and environmental justice.
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Liquidity Crisis

November 5, 2016
The Economist discusses water scarcity, the need for conservation and efficiency of use, as well as defining water rights.
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Dakota Access Pipeline and Water Security of the Missouri River

September 27, 2016
OSU graduate Dr. Jennifer Veilleux begins the first of several posts dicussing the importance of the Missouri River's water security.  The discussion starts with how the Dakota Access Pipeline could impact the water security of the Missouri River.
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Water Giveaway Threatens Livelihoods, Wildlife

August 26, 2016
The Oregonian discusses how Oregon is helping farmers drain the state's aquifers for unsustainable agriculture at the expense of ecosystems. OSU's Director for the Institute of Water and Watershed's, Dr. Todd Jarvis, comments.
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How A New Source of Water is Helping Reduce Conflict in the Middle East

July 19, 2016
A look at the potential that desalination could have to reduce conflict and unite enemies in a common cause for water, plus the author looks at the possibilities for water diplomacy.
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Navigating Cultural Currents: Sharing Water in Central America

July 11, 2016
Between the Southeastern portion of the country of Costa Rica and Panama to the south runs the Sixaola River. For almost a hundred miles on its meandering path to the Caribbean the river forms the boundary between these two nations - but the Sixaola has many names. Water Policy and Management Master's student Dacotah Sphlichalova discusses her research in the basin.
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Rama's Sandals and the Spirit of Dialogue

May 16, 2016
OSU Professor Dr. Aaron Wolf's blog article for the Garrison Institute addresses the incorporation of the spiritual dimension into conflict negotiations and mediations, and its ability to achieve transformation towards a shared understanding.
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Comprehensive Report of World's Transboundary Water Basins Finds Hotspots of Risk

May 2, 2016
OSU's Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation partnered with several other institutions on the Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP) led by the Global Environment Facility to create a baseline assessment of all the Earth's transboundary water resources. This includes a comprehensive assessment of 286 transboundary river basins that identifies hotspots where geopolitical risks are projected to increase in the next few decades.
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Serious Gaming in Water

April 23, 2016
Dr. Todd Jarvis, Director of OSU's Institute for Water and Watersheds, provides an overview of the different types of "serious games" and applications that are available as tools for training students in water negotiations.
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Cultural Costs of Tropical Dams

April 8, 2016
OSU Graduate Dr. Jennifer Veilleux and Dr. Elizabeth Anderson of Florida International University published a letter in Science discussing the cultural impacts of dam construction in tropical regions.
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Global List of Water-Related Conflicts Grows

February 18, 2016
The latest edition of the Pacific Institute’s Water Conflict Chronology shows a rise in the number of water related clashes in the past three decades. Oregon State's Dr. Michael Campana is quoted discussing the exclusion of groundwater in the latest estimates for describing water scarcity.
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Islamic State Uses Syria's Biggest Dam as Refuge and Potential Weapon

January 20, 2016
Islamic State militants are using Syria's Taqba Dam to hide prisoners and shelter senior officials. As this dam, and others, are vital to the region, Dr. Aaron Wolf comments that "These aren't the people you want controlling basically the arteries of the region."
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Research and Documentation of Global Rivers - Dr. Jennifer Veilleux: River Geographer | Artist

December 2015
Geography and Photography website features scientific papers, resources, stories, and portraits from dam development on the Blue Nile and Mekong rivers by OSU graduate Dr. Jennifer Veilleux. Content is focused on global freshwater security.
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Aaron Wolf Wins AAG Gilbert White Public Service Award

December 9, 2015
Dr. Aaron Wolf, geography professor at OSU, was honored with the 2016 American Association of Geographers (AAG) Gilbert White Public Service Award for his work on mediating transboundary water resources conflicts in the Middle East.
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Mediation At the Paris Climate Summit

November 25, 2015
Oregon Public Broadcast's Think Out Loud hosts OSU Professor Dr. Gregg Walker on his forthcoming trip to the Paris climate talks. Dr. Walker has attended 20 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Summits and is an expert in environmental conflict resolution.
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Stormy Waters

October 15, 2015
Terra's article on OSU Master's student Joe Kemper, who is part of the Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation, discusses his research into solving a local dispute over flodding and ditches.
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Promoting Transboundary Water Cooperation: Challenges and Model Solutions

September 28, 2015
Dr. Aaron Wolf was joined by Dr. Mark Zeitoun and Dr. Marian Patrick to present a Webinar for U.S. Water Partnership as part of their Member Webinar Series. The Webinar presented an overview of transboundary water conflicts and potential solutions.
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Scientific Mediation

September 2015
Oregon State University's Dr. Todd Jarvis has co-written an article on Mediate.com. The article discusses scientific mediators attempting to tread the path between “Merchants of Doom” and “Merchants of Doubt” as “Merchants of Discourse” uses multiple working hypotheses and multiple ways of knowing as their moral compass.
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The World's Most Hostile International Water Basins [Infographic]

June 25, 2015
The newly launched A New Climate for Peace report on climate-fragility risks calls water a common denominator for climate risk. The report includes an infographic using data from OSU's Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database to illustrate the world's most active, tension filled, international water basins. 
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Jordan, Saudi Arabia sign deal to protect shared aquifer

May 3, 2015
Mr. Mohammad Alatrash, Alumni of OSUs Water Conflict Management and Transformation Workshop, worked on the recent water agreement signed between Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
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OSU Water Conflict Negotiator Wins Prize

April 27, 2015
Oregon Public Broadcast's Think Out Loud interviews OSU's Dr. Aaron Wolf, recipient of the Heinz Award, on his work resolving water conflicts around the globe. 
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Dr. Aaron Wolf Received the Heinz Award in Public Policy

April 23, 2015
Dr. Aaron Wolf received the Heinz Award in the Public Policy category for his pioneering leadership in the practice of water diplomacy, which brings science, problem-solving and cultural sensitivity to the mediation of transboundary water conflicts. The breadth of Dr. Wolf's critical work proves that by sharing science-based evidence and identifying shared values, cooperation can replace conflict.
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