Water @ Wilson: 50 Years of Water, Conflict, and Cooperation

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Water is critical. It grows our food, generates our energy, and ensures our prosperity. To address the challenges that stand in the way of building healthy, prosperous, and peaceful communities, we must first tackle the challenge of water insecurity. As the Wilson Center celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Environmental Change and Security Program marks water’s central role in our work at a special event highlighting innovative approaches to water, health, and security.

A rapidly changing climate and shifting demographics means the future of water resource management may not look like the past:

  • What is the new face of water conflicts?
  • Where are the opportunities to secure access to water and create more resilient communities?
  • How can we protect our oceans from pollution and conflict?
  • What are governments doing to elevate the importance of water security?
     

Join us on November 28th as we take stock on the 1st year of the 1st U.S. Global Water Strategy; explore new research and practice on water, peace, and conflict; and highlight the centrality of water to global prosperity.

 

8:30 am

 

9:00 am – 9:10 am

Registration

 

 

Welcome Remarks

 

  • The Honorable Jane Harman, Director, President, and CEO, Wilson Center
  • Lauren Risi, Project Director, Environmental Change & Security Program, Wilson Center

 

9:15 am – 10:00 am

Keynote Speakers: "The Most Important Issue We Face" 

 

  • John Matthews, Lead and Co-Founder, Alliance for Global Water Adaptation
  • James Peters, Deputy Assistant Administrator and Acting Global Water Coordinator, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3), U.S. Agency for International Development 
  • Aaron Salzberg, U.S. Department of State 

 

10:00 am – 11:45 am

Panel  |  Raging Waters: The New Face of Water Conflicts  

 

  • Syed Imran Ali, Fellow in Global Health & Humanitarianism, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, York University
  • Richard Matthew, Associate Dean of Research and International Programs, University of California, Irvine
  • Scott Moore, Senior Fellow, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, University of Pennsylvania
  • Janani Vivekananda, Senior Advisor, adelphi
  • Moderator: Cynthia Brady, Senior Conflict and Peacebuilding Advisor, Center for Resilience, U.S. Agency for International Development 

11:45 am – 1:00 pm

 

Networking Lunch

 

1:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Panel  |  Oceans of Cooperation

 

  • Rebecca Karnak, Senior Director, Global Public Policy, Dell
  • Roger Pulwarty, Senior Scientist, NOAA
  • Mike Sfraga, Director, Global Sustainability and Resilience Program and Polar Initiative, Wilson Center
  • Deirdre Warner-Kramer, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Marine Conservation, U.S. Department of State
  • Moderator: Sherri Goodman, Senior Fellow, Wilson Center

 

2:45 pm – 4:30 pm

Panel  |  The Future of Water Peace

 

  • Ken Conca, Professor of International Affairs, American University
  • Melissa Ho, Vice President, Fresh Water, World Wildlife Fund
  • John Parker, Deputy Director, Sustainable Water Partnership (Tetra Tech)
  • Aaron Wolf, Professor of Geography, Oregon State University
  • Moderator: Geoff Dabelko, Senior Advisor, Environmental Change & Security Program, Wilson Center; Professor and Director of Environmental Studies, Ohio University 

 

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Closing Remarks

 

  • TBA

 

 

 

 

Speakers

  • Chris Coons

    U.S. Senator, Delaware
  • Jane Harman

    Director, President, and CEO, Wilson Center
  • Syed Imran Ali

    Fellow in Global Health & Humanitarianism, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, York University
  • Cynthia Brady

    Senior Peacebuilding and Conflict Advisor, Center for Resilience, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Ken Conca

    Professor of International Affairs, American University
  • Geoffrey D. Dabelko

    Senior Advisor, ECSP; Former Director, ECSP
    Professor and Director of Environmental Studies, George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, Ohio University
  • Judith Garber

    Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans, Environment and Science, U.S. Department of State
  • Sherri Goodman

    Senior Fellow
    Former U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Environmental Security)
  • Lauren Herzer Risi

    Project Director, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Melissa Ho

    Vice President, Fresh Water, World Wildlife Fund
  • Rebecca Karnak

    Senior Director, Global Public Policy, Dell
  • Richard Matthew

    University of California, Irvine
  • John Matthews

    Lead and Co-Founder, Alliance for Global Water Adaptation
  • Scott Moore

    Senior Fellow, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, University of Pennsylvania
  • John Parker

    Deputy Director, Sustainable Water Partnership (Tetra Tech)
  • James Peters

    Deputy Assistant Administrator and Acting Global Water Coordinator, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3), U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Aaron Salzberg

    U.S. Department of State
  • Michael Sfraga

    Director, Global Sustainability and Resilience Program and Director, Polar Institute
  • Janani Vivekananda

    Senior Advisor, adelphi
  • Deirdre Warner-Kramer

    Acting Deputy Director, Office of Marine Conservation, U.S. Department of State
  • Aaron Wolf

    Professor and Department Chair of Geosciences, Oregon State University