The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

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

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.

The Wilson Center will be hosting a day-long symposium on 28 November, where they will 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. The event will also be webcast live.

When: 28 November; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST
Where: 6th Floor From Auditorium, Wilson Center; Washington, DC
How to RSVP: Click here to register for the event

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?

Welcome Remarks
  • The Honorable Jane Harman, Director, President, and CEO, Wilson Center
  • Lauren Risi, Project Director, Environmental Change & Security Program, Wilson Center
Keynote Speakers: "The Most Important Issue We Face"
  • Judith Garber, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans, Environment and Science, U.S. Department of State (Invited)
  • James Peters, Deputy Assistant Administrator and Acting Global Water Coordinator, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3), U.S. Agency for International Development (Invited)
  • John Matthews, Lead and Co-Founder, Alliance for Global Water Adaptation
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
Panel | Oceans of Cooperation
  • Rebecca Karnak, Senior Director, Global Public Policy, Dell
  • Roger Pulwarty, Senior Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • 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
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
Closing Remarks
  • Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) (Invited)