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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NPR: Don't Torpedo the Dam, Full Speed Ahead for Ethiopia's Nile Project

March 26, 2015
NPR interviews Dr. Aaron Wolf regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. When completed, the Renaissance Dam promises to be the largest hydro-electric project in Africa. Both Egypt and Ethiopia rely on Nile waters. This week, they signed an agreement allowing Ethiopia to continue building the grand hydropower dam.
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WaterWired: Its Here! UNESCO-IHE - UPEACE - OSU Joint Education Programme: Water Cooperation and Peace

March 22, 2015
Oregon State University, along with UNESCO-IHE and the University for Peace, are celebrating the roll-out of the new joint Master's programme in Water Cooperation and Peace. The programme launches summer 2015 and will provide a unique opportunity for students to undertake coursework and hands-on experiences in Costa Rica, The Netherlands and the United States. For more information check out the flyer.
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Steering Conflict Toward Positive Communication and Change

March 9, 2015
Mitigating conflict begins with a willingness to listen, an ability to understand the concerns of others and the desire to work toward a solution. It’s this approach that makes Lynette de Silva a catalyst for how water disputes are negotiated and resolved on a local, national and international level.
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The Oregonian: Of Oregon's 31 Water Bottlers, None as Controversial as Nestle

March 6, 2015
Nearly everywhere the world's largest food and beverage company eyes a water source, controversy follows. Oregon is home to 31 bottled water companies, and only Nestl� is controversial enough to flood state officials' inboxes with protest emails.
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Radio Farda: Isfahan, Iran Has Difficult Decisions About Water

March 5, 2015
Radio Farda, part of Radio Free Europe, interviews Dr. Michael Campana regarding the Zayandeh River, which runs through Isfahan into the Gavkhoni Wetlands. The interview can be heard in Persian here.
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Monocle 24: The Globalist: A Look at the World’s Water Supply

February 10, 2015
Monocle 24 is a 24-hour London based radio station with the morning news program, “The Globalist.”  As part of a three part series, The Globalist interviews Dr. Aaron Wolf and Dr. Peter Gleick to talk about the world’s water supply and the potential for conflict and cooperation.
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Alaska Public Media: Shared Waters: Conflict, Cooperation, and Transformation

December 17, 2014
Alaska World Affairs Council and KSKA Public Radio hosts Dr. Aaron Wolf as part of Alaska World Affairs Council Presents in Anchorage, Alaska.  This podcast of Dr. Wolf’s presentation discusses shared waters, conflict, cooperation, and transformation.
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Report: Water, Temperature Changes Not Central Drivers of Sub-Sahara Africa Conflicts

December 16, 2014
As forecasts for global climate change become increasingly dire, a growing body of research is focused on untangling the links between human violence and events like heatwaves, droughts, and floods.
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Plan to Tow Thirst-quenching Icebergs to Africa is on Ice

October 31, 2014
A project conceived to solve water shortages by towing icebergs from the poles to regions such as Africa and South America is still awaiting funding to progress, despite plans to start tests two years ago.
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Seeking Headwater of Peace

September 29, 2014
Can a massive dam on Ethiopia’s Blue Nile River become a “platform for peace” in the parched lands of Africa? Or will it instead spark new conflicts among neighboring nations?
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Vulnerabilities to hydropower development on the Nu River, China

June 30, 2014
China’s active hydropower development is commanding global attention. New cascades of large dams are planned on large transboundary rivers and smaller dams are being rapidly built on their tributaries. Downstream nations and international conservation organizations are becoming increasingly concerned.
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Call for Applications: Scholarship for Water Cooperation and Peace - Joint Master Programme

June 23, 2014
UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education (UNESCO-IHE), the University for Peace (UPEACE) and Oregon State University (OSU), institutions with a unique range of expertise, have jointly developed a new Master programme on Water Cooperation and Peace, which has been endorsed by UNESCO’s “From Potential Conflict to Cooperation Potential PCCP” programme.
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IWW Interim Director Todd Jarvis publishes book on Conflict Resolution and Groundwater

June 16, 2014
In this newly released book, Dr. Jarvis explores the unique challenges and issues surrounding the governance and management of groundwater.   Through case studies and first-hand accounts, Dr. Jarvis shares insights gained through his 30 years of experience as a consulting groundwater hydrologist, professional mediator, and academic researcher.
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Where Will the World's Water Conflicts Erupt?

May 12, 2014
As the climate shifts, rivers will both flood and dry up more often, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Shortages are especially likely in parts of the world already strapped for water, so political scientists expect feuds will become even more intense. To track disputes worldwide, researchers at Oregon State University spent a decade building a comprehensive database of international exchanges—-both conflicts and alliances—over shared water resources. 
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Water: The bridge to peace

January 8, 2014
The water resources graduate program at Oregon State University offers a fresh approach to communication, negotiation and conflict resolution of heated global disputes over seemingly murky waters.
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Launch of the International River Basins Organization (RBO) Database

December 5, 2013
As the 2013 International Year of Water Cooperation is wrapping up, the Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database (TFDD) team at Oregon State University is pleased to announce the launch of the new International River Basins Organization (RBO) Database. This large source of information on RBOs was collected and organized by Dr. Susanne Schmeier, and will now be included alongside our existing datasets on international river basins, international freshwater agreements and treaties, and international water events.
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