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The Navigating Peace Initiative’s Water Conflict and Cooperation Working Group commissioned four policy briefs to identify the current and emerging trends in water conflict and cooperation. With the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and led by ECSP Director Geoff Dabelko, the working group sought to: 1) Understand the current mix of conflict and cooperation over water along wider continua of conflict and at more levels of analysis than have customarily been considered; 2) Anticipate future possibilities for violent water conflict given the negative indicators in many areas of water management; and 3) Formulate proactive steps for heading off conflict and encouraging cooperation.