6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

The Role of Water Stress in Instability and Conflict (U.S. Report Launch)

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Click here to find the complete report and the executive summary on the webpage of the CNA Military Advisory Board.

President Trump has said that “Water may be the most important issue we face for the next generation.” Water insecurity continues to grow in fragile areas facing rapid population growth, poverty, food and energy insecurity, and weak governance. According to a new report by CNA's Military Advisory Board (MAB), when combined with these stressors and poor resource management, water stress can contribute to the full spectrum of conflict, from civil unrest to civil wars, and can also be used as an instrument of coercion, exploited by extremist organizations and insurgents.

Join us on February 6 for the U.S. launch of “The Role of Water Stress in Instability and Conflict,” the report produced by this elite group of retired Admirals and Generals from across the U.S. armed forces. The expert panel will discuss the role that water stress plays in diplomacy, violence, and conflict, and what steps the U.S. government can take to mitigate those threats through diplomacy, strategic investments, and defense.

Coffee and pastries available from 9:00am - 9:30am.

This event is organized in partnership with the CNA.

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  • Sherri Goodman

    Senior Fellow
    Former U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Environmental Security)


  • Suzanne Fry

    Director, Strategic Futures Group, National Intelligence Council
  • Lee Gunn

    Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired); CNA’s Institute for Public Research; Vice Chairman, CNA Military Advisory Board
  • Brigadier General Gerald Galloway

    Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Affiliate Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Julia McQuaid

    Principal Research Scientist, CNA
  • Sarah Sewall

    Speyer Foundation Distinguished Scholar, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; Former Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights