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Water @ Wilson Series Launch | Water, Peace, & Security: New Tools for a New Climate

Date & Time

Dec. 6, 2022
9:20am – 11:45am ET


6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center


Every day, the headlines make it clear: A rapidly changing climate and shifting demographics mean the future of water resource management may not look like the past. Water is critical. It grows our food, generates our energy, sustains our ecosystems, and ensures our prosperity. Without tackling water insecurity, we cannot address the myriad challenges that stand in the way of building healthy, prosperous, and peaceful communities. On December 6, the Wilson Center will launch a series of events focused on the centrality of water to global prosperity and security. Featuring emerging research, leading thinkers and doers from governments, the private sector, civil society, and academia, the series will explore entry points for more effective responses to global water insecurity from around the world and across sectors.

To kick off the series, the Wilson Center is partnering with the Water, Peace and Security (WPS) partnership to feature transdisciplinary approaches to preventing water-related security risks. As climate change compounds insecurity in new and dynamic ways, the tools we use to prevent and respond to insecurity must also evolve. Join us on December 6th for the launch of the WPS partnership’s early warning tool for conflict, which allows policy makers to anticipate conflict relating to water, food, and energy up to 12 months in advance, creating space for preventive action, and a framework developed by the Wilson Center and NOAA to improve predictive capabilities for climate security risks.


Coffee & Pastries (9:00–9:20am ET)

  • If you are attending in-person at the Wilson Center, please join us for coffee and pastries at 9:00am ET.


  • Lauren Herzer Risi, Program Director, Environmental Change & Security Program, Wilson Center

Opening Remarks

  • Hon. Richard W. Spinrad, PhD., Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator

WPS Tool Launch

  • Kitty van der Heijden, Director-General International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands
  • Alyssa Offutt, WPS Global Capacity Development Lead and Doctoral Candidate, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

WPS Tool Demonstration

  • Samantha Kuzma, Acting Aqueduct Director, World Resources Institute

"Early Warning Systems for All"

  • Sara Hayat, Lawyer/Climate Change Specialist, Climate Change, Sustainability & Resilience Consultants
  • Charles Iceland,Global Director, Water (Acting), World Resources Institute
  • Roger Pulwarty, Senior Scientist, Physical Sciences Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Moderator: Hon. Sharon Burke, President, Ecospherics; Global Fellow, Wilson Center

Fireside Chat on US Water Policy

  • Stephanie Epner, Special Advisor and Acting Senior Director for Climate and Energy, National Security Council, The White House
  • In conversation with Sherri Goodman, Global Fellow, Wilson Center

Event Concludes (11:45am ET)


Hosted By

Environmental Change and Security Program

The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental change, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy.  Read more

Asia Program

The Asia Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   Read more

Canada Institute

Bound by common geopolitical interests and strong economic and cultural ties, Canada and the United States enjoy the world's most successful bilateral relationship. The Wilson Center's Canada Institute is the only public policy forum in the world dedicated to the full spectrum of Canada-U.S. issues. The Canada Institute is a global leader for policymakers, academics and business leaders to engage in non-partisan, informed dialogue about the current and future state of the relationship.     Read more

China Environment Forum

Since 1997, the China Environment Forum's mission has been to forge U.S.-China cooperation on energy, environment, and sustainable development challenges. We play a unique nonpartisan role in creating multi-stakeholder dialogues around these issues.  Read more

Global Europe Program

The Global Europe Program addresses vital issues affecting the European continent, U.S.-European relations, and Europe’s ties with the rest of the world. We investigate European approaches to critical global issues: digital transformation, climate, migration, global governance. We also examine Europe’s relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Our program activities cover a wide range of topics, from the role of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE to European energy security, trade disputes, challenges to democracy, and counter-terrorism. The Global Europe Program’s staff, scholars-in-residence, and Global Fellows participate in seminars, policy study groups, and international conferences to provide analytical recommendations to policy makers and the media.  Read more

Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American understanding of Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the surrounding region though research and exchange.  Read more

Latin American Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

Mexico Institute

The Mexico Institute seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between Mexico and the United States by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship. A binational Advisory Board, chaired by Luis Téllez and Earl Anthony Wayne, oversees the work of the Mexico Institute.   Read more

Middle East Program

The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program serves as a crucial resource for the policymaking community and beyond, providing analyses and research that helps inform U.S. foreign policymaking, stimulates public debate, and expands knowledge about issues in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  Read more