In a warming world, the fight for water can push nations apart-or bring them together

August 16, 2018
Aaron Wolf, a professor and director of the Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation, has spent most of the last three decades compiling evidence that undermines conventional wisdom: Yes, water causes conflict, especially when two or more countries share it, and especially when it’s running out—but in the majority of cases, conflicts can be mitigated or resolved through mediation and cooperation. 

Can the Great Lakes Continue to Fend off and Increasingly Thirsty World?

August 16, 2018
Todd Jarvis, director of the Institute for Water and Watersheds at Oregon State University, agrees that amendments to such compacts are not unusual and even to be expected. He cites the Colorado River Compact, which dates from the 1920s. That agreement, he says, was signed during a period of abundant water. With the region now under siege by drought, some experts are looking to alter how the compact apportions available water.

Fragility and Conflict

July 2018
The SDC Climate Change and Environmental Network has just published a Nexus Brief on Fragility and Conflict. The brief reviews the nexus of environment, climate change, fragility and conflict, while highlighting how an international process could improve the common understand of the dynamics of the nexus and develop preventative measures to conflict risk. The TFDD contributed data on transboundary water cooperation and conflict to the report. Check out Figure 6 for great visualization on hydropolitical tension and conflict potential! 

New Global Analysis Finds Water-Related Terrorism Is On the Rise

May 8, 2018
Researchers at Florida International University have taken a closer look at water-related terrorism. While attacking water resources and infrastructure is not a new development, they found that it is on the rise, with a 263% increase from 1970 to 2016. The most common target of water-related terrorism was attacks on water infrastructure, rather than using water as a weapon.  In the future, they intend to look at regions with high numbers of water-related terror incidents, impacts to transboundary watersheds, and potential threats to highly developed water systems. 

The Role of Women in Transboundary Water Dispute Resolution

February 2018

Roundtable: Will future wars be fought over water?

February 5, 2018
PWCMT's Dr. Aaron Wolf participates in a roundtable discussion on the potential of future wars occurring over shared transboundary waters.  Hosted by TRTWorld, he was joined by Peter Engelke - Atlantic Council, Philippe Cullet - Professor of International and Environmental Law at SOAS, University of London; and Daanish Mustafa, author of 'Water Resource Management in a Vulnerable World'. View the full discussion below. 

Davos: International Universities form Partnership for Water Cooperation, Diplomacy

January 24, 2018

Can heavenly words calm secular tempers in disputes over water?

November 28, 2017
The International Water Association's The Source reviews Dr. Aaron Wolf's new book The Spirit of Dialogue: Lessons from Faith Traditions in Transforming Conflict. The article notes how Wolf discusses the similarity between water and faith - both transcend borders. Faith traditions offer another means to bring people together beyond the current technical and engineering language used to negotiate conflicts. 
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The Spirit of Dialogue on OPB's Think Out Loud

September 21, 2017
Director of the PWCMT and OSU Professor, Dr. Aaron Wolf, joins in on Oregon Public Broadcasting 'Think Out Loud' to discuss his new book The Spirit of Dialogue: Lessons from Faith Traditions in Transforming Conflict. The book The Spirit of Dialogue is available through Island Press.

Internationally known water mediator finds spirituality key to transforming conflict

September 9, 2017

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