Water Publications

Contested Frontiers in the Syria-Lebanon-Israel Region: Cartography, Sovereignty, and Conflict by Asher Kaufman

Contested Frontiers in the Syria-Lebanon-Israel Region: Cartography, Sovereignty, and Conflict

Oct 28, 2013
Contested Frontiers studies one of the flash points of the Middle East—a region of roughly 100 square kilometers where Syria, Lebanon, and Israel come together but where the borders have never been clearly marked. Asher Kaufman analyzes this geopolitical conflict, and reflects on the meaning of borders and frontiers today.

Rock, Metal & Electronic

Oct 10, 2013
China's southwest Yunnan Province lies at the center of Beijing's "Go West" campaign. The province's hydropower, mining, and metallurgy industries, while a boon for the local economy in the short-term, are creating a vicious cycle that pollutes Yunnan’s air and water and threatens the ecosystem in this biodiverse-rich province.

Fishing for Answers

Sep 13, 2013
This new research brief looks into an area of China's overseas environmental impact that has been rarely explored: distant water fishing. The brief examines international treaties, China's practice and players, as well as drivers of distant water fishing. It investigates Chinese fleets' environmental impact in west Africa, and suggests strategies for a better governance.

Choke Point: U.S.: Water, Energy and the Ohio River Valley's New Course

Jul 30, 2013
This new paper updates the findings of our 2010 Choke Point: U.S. report, which identified the Southwest, Great Plains, and Southeast as the regions at greatest risk of shortages of energy and water. A special focus of this paper is to explore energy production and water supply in Ohio and its neighboring Ohio River Valley states. The development of natural gas and natural gas liquids from deep shale is reshaping long-standing trends in the region’s energy mix, water consumption and treatment patterns, greenhouse gas emissions, and economy.
New Security Challenges in Asia, edited by Michael Wills and Robert M. Hathaway

New Security Challenges in Asia

Jul 26, 2013
Asian nations have found it difficult to respond effectively to new transnational security challenges. Resources and technical capacity are scarce, as are cooperation and coordination within and between governments, the private sector, and civil society. New Security Challenges in Asia shows how these threats are less susceptible to traditional diplomacy or military resolution and recommends ways the United States can help Asian nations address them.
China map west east electricity transfer project

INTERACTIVE: China’s West-East Electricity Transfer Project

Jun 26, 2013
CEF is proud to announce that we are launching our first interactive infographic – a map of China’s West-East Electricity Transfer Project. The map underscores China’s energy and water imbalances and the looming choke point China faces in terms of water, food, and energy security. The map also illustrates how consumer goods made in China’s factories along its eastern coast are powered by coal and hydropower in the country’s western provinces.

Minegolia Part I: China and Mongolia’s Mining Boom

Jun 21, 2013
This new CEF research brief examines the growing water-energy confrontation in Mongolia linked to foreign direct investment, particularly from China. The dilemma facing Mongolia’s policymakers is how to balance economic development and environmental sustainability with an expanding conflict over water allocation between people and industry.

Trends in Soviet Policies for Developing Water Resources (1988)

Jun 21, 2013
Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #226, 1988. PDF 41 pages.


Jun 07, 2013
淡水资源短缺,粮食供给波动,能源需求剧增,这三大趋势的碰撞正在扰乱世界各地的经济发展、政府运作及环境健康。与粮食、能源不同,水资源难以再生。人为的浪费、污染及管理不当本已造成水资源的短缺,因气候变化而加剧的旱涝灾害使得粮食和能源的瓶颈变得更为迫切。 复杂的挑战需要全面的分析与创新的对策。威尔逊中心与蓝圈的研究团队正在中国、澳大利亚、美国、印度及其他全球前沿报道水源—粮食—能源的危机。我们最先报道了煤炭行业消耗中国20%的珍贵水资源。

Introducing Global Choke Point

Jun 07, 2013
The Woodrow Wilson Center and Circle Blue’s Choke Point work goes global. In November 2010, the Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum and Circle of Blue launched the Choke Point: China research and reporting initiative. The partners subsequently produced a rich collection of stories, photos and infographics that examined how energy development is impacting China’s vulnerable water resources and food production. In the next phase of Choke Point: China, CEF has created a team of U.S. and Chinese water and energy experts to hold dialogues in Beijing in August 2013 to discuss possible solutions to China’s growing water-food-energy confrontations and opportunities for US-China cooperation.