The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Water and Security in an Uncertain World

As our climate changes, the uncertainty of water availability and access threatens to become one of the major challenges to national security. But much like climate change’s connections to security, water’s impact on conflict can be difficult to see when measured against seemingly more immediate threats like terrorism – and similarly challenging to understand. By unpacking the many ways that water relates to U.S. strategic interests, international security, and conflict risks, we can better understand not only its links to insecurity but also opportunities for building peace and fostering cooperation.

Join in this event for a discussion with representatives from across the U.S. government, academia, and practitioner community to discuss the challenges and opportunities posed by water security.

When: Wednesday, 19 October; 1:30-4:45 p.m.
Where: 6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Wilson Center; Washington, D.C.
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Program below:

Opening Remarks
-John Hempelmann (President, Henry M. Jackson Foundation)
-Craig Gannett (Vice President, Henry M. Jackson Foundation; Partner and Co-chair, Energy and Environmental Practice, Davis Wright Tremaine)

Panel I: Risks and Responses
-Ken Conca (Public Policy Fellow, Wilson Center; Professor, School of International Service, American University)
-Sherri Goodman (Public Policy Fellow, Wilson Center; Former Deputy Undersecretary for Defense (Environmental Security))
-Christian Holmes (Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment & Global Water Coordinator, USAID)
-Rod Schoonover (Director of Environment and Natural Resources, National Intelligence Council)
-Lieutenant General Jeffrey Talley (ret.) (Global Fellow, IBM Center for The Business of Government; Vice President, Global Public Sector, Global Business Services)

Panel II: Water Spillovers: Regional and Sectoral Effects
-Klomjit Chandrapanya (Senior Regional Adviser, South East Asia, SIWI)
-Doris Kaberia (Director of Kenya Programs, Millennium Water Alliance)
-Sandra Ruckstuhl (Senior Social Development Specialist; Co-author, Water and Conflict Toolkit)
-Brigadier General Gerald Galloway (ret.) (Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Affiliate Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park)

-Roger-Mark De Souza (Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience, Wilson Center)