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. 

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.

Mediation as a tool for solving water-related disputes

November 14, 2013
Dr. Aaron Wolf presents on “Mediation as a tool for solving water-related disputes,” at the Water Security and Peace Conference, organized by the Water Diplomacy Consortium at Peace Palace, The Hague.
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Calming the waters

June 24, 2013
OSU prof honored for his role in mediating international water disputes “Water management,” says Aaron Wolf, “is conflict management.”

He should know. Wolf, an Oregon State University geography professor and director of the university’s Program in Water Conflict Management  and Transformation, has traveled the world mediating some of the  planet’s most intractable water disputes.
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Ethiopia dam fears exaggerated, say experts

June 12, 2013
In a fiery speech Monday night by Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi  capping weeks of tension between Egypt and Ethiopia over the latter’s  Renaissance Dam mega project, Morsi said that all options were open, implying that a military solution was on the table to defend Egypt’s water  supply. Jennifer Veilleux, PhD graduate in geography from Oregon State University, who has done extensive research on the dam provides perspective.
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Aaron Wolf receives prestigious award for work on international water conflict

March 27, 2013
Oregon State University Professor of Geosciences Aaron Wolf has just been named this year’s winner of the Monito del Giardino award for his work on international water conflict, specifically in regards to the Arab- Israeli conflict.

Aaron Wolf featured in new book, ‘Ecoliterate’ Aaron Wolf

October 10, 2012
Oregon State University professor of geography Aaron Wolf, recognized for his work in mediating water disputes around the world, is featured in the new book, Ecoliterate, which tells stories of activists, educators, and young people from across the nation who are creatively addressing issues related to coal, oil, food, and water.
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2012 Natural Resources Leadership Academy

In June of 2012, Oregon State University will be hosting its first Natural Resources Leadership Academy, in Corvallis, Oregon. This is a unique opportunity to enhance leadership skills, gain knowledge and connect with others in the natural resources field.
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Redrawing the Map of the World’s International River Basins

October 27, 2011
A documentary film produced by Julie Elkins Watson, a Water Resources Policy & Management Masters Student at Oregon State University. The film tells the story of the Columbia River and the diverse people and interests in the basin.
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