Newly Developed Early Warning Tool to Predict Risk of Water-Related Conflict

December 6, 2019
The Water, Peace, and Security (WPS) partnership has developed a groundbreaking Global Early Warning Tool using data from the Pacific Institute's Water Conflict Chronology to predict the risk of violent conflict up to 12 months before it occurs. The WPS Global Early Warning Tool compares patterns between violent conflict and 80 environmental, social, and economic variables across a timeline of 20 years to the present day to identify potential water-related conflict hotspots across Africa, the Middle East, and South and Southeast Asia.

New Article Published: Environmental Cooperation in Conflict Zones

August 24, 2019
OSU Water Policy and Management graduate and current Ph.D. student at the University of Delaware, Mehmet Altingoz, has published a new article investigating cooperation occurring in conflict zones, specifically in the Armenian–Turkish Border.  The paper explored the example of the Arpacay/Akhuryan Dam.

How climate change can fuel wars

May 25, 2019
The Economist takes a look at how climate change can lead to an increase in conflict at various scales.  They interview PWCMT Director, Dr. Aaron Wolf, about the research collected within the TFDD and how the potential for conflict can increase in the face of change if there is not enough capacity to adapt to the change. 
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Resolving Environmental Conflicts: Principles and Concepts

May 23, 2019

Turkey, dams, and its neighbors

May 22, 2019
PWCMT Director Dr. Aaron Wolf talks the PRI's The World about dam-building projects on the Tigris-Euphrates and the efforts to address impacts in Turkey as well as downstream in Syria and Iraq. 
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Dam Impacts Database - Now Available

May 5, 2019
Created by researchers and students, this database is intended to help policymakers, researchers, community members and others find information on a selection of dams from around the world. Our aim is to better understand how hydropower dams affect the individuals and communities who live near them, with a particular focus on population displacement and resettlement.  Currently, more than 500 dams from most of the world’s major river systems are included in the database, with information drawn from more than 700 published references. 

New Article Published!

March 29, 2019
TFDD Manager, Melissa McCracken, and PWCMT Director, Dr. Aaron Wolf, have published a new article that provides a new look at the Register of International River Basins.  Bringing the count to 310, Updating the Register of International River Basins of the World addresses new data, data inconsistencies, and answers the question: 'Where does a river end?'.  The updated river basin and basin country unit delineations can be downloaded here

UPEACE The Hague event brings together students with Dutch minister Kaag

March 8, 2019
OSU partner institution, University for Peace, held an event at UPEACE Centre the Hague on 8 March 2019.  PWCMT's Dr. Aaron Wolf demonstrated how scholars can put peace into practice, by helping to resolve conflicts over water, which highlights the focus of the joint master's programme in Water Cooperation and Diplomacy offered by OSU, UPEACE, and IHE Delft. 

Institute researches, resolves water conflicts

January 31, 2019
Director of the Institute for Water and Watersheds, Dr. Todd Jarvis, talks about his work in Oregon and working to resolve water conflicts throughout the state. 
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Water Cooperation and Diplomacy - Video

December 2018
Together with partner universities - IHE Delft and University for Peace - OSU's Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation offers a Joint Master's Program in Water Cooperation and Diplomacy.  Watch Dr. Aaron Wolf and current students discuss the program, its unique features and what its bringing to the Aral Sea Basin. 
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