Tuesday, February 28, 2017

2017. March. Wilson Center. Water from West Africa to the Middle East.

Environmental Change and Security Program | Wilson Center

From West Africa to the Middle East, Water and the Rise of Insurgencies in the "Arc of Instability"

Water scarcity and conflict over freshwater resources have contributed to an “arc of instability” stretching from West Africa through the Maghreb and across the Mediterranean to the Middle East. Rural livelihoods are collapsing, displacing many, and violent extremist organizations like Boko Haram, Al Qaeda, and ISIS are gaining footholds in areas where governance is weak. As local communities demand better provisioning of water, insurgent groups, building on discontent, use water to finance their operations and as a weapon of war.
This panel will examine the causes of water conflict in the region, discuss implications for U.S. interests, and examine possible interventions to support better water governance.


Marcus King
John O. Rankin Associate Professor and Director of International Affairs Program, George Washington University

Julia McQuaid
Senior Researcher and Project Director, CNA Corporation

David Michel
Nonresident Fellow, Stimson Center


Sherri Goodman
Wilson Center Senior Fellow; former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense

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