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FIU in DC: The Wilson Center - Water @ Wilson: 50 Years of Water, Conflict, and Cooperation

This is a past event.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 9:00am to 5:00pm

The Wilson Center Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004-3027

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 50thanniversary, 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.

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?

Join us on November 28th as we 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.


  • Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) (Invited)
  • The Honorable Jane Harman, Director, President, and CEO, Wilson Center
  • Syed Imran Ali, Fellow in Global Health & Humanitarianism, Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, York University
  • Cynthia Brady, Senior Conflict and Peacebuilding Advisor, Center for Resilience, U.S. Agency for International Development (Invited)
  • Ken Conca, Professor of International Affairs, American University
  • Geoff Dabelko, Senior Advisor, Environmental Change & Security Program, Wilson Center; Professor and Director of Environmental Studies, Ohio University
  • Judith Garber, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans, Environment and Science, U.S. Department of State (Invited)
  • Sherri Goodman, Senior Fellow, Environmental Change & Security Program, Wilson Center
  • Melissa Ho, Vice President, Fresh Water, World Wildlife Fund
  • Rebecca Karnak, Senior Director, Global Public Policy, Dell
  • Richard Matthew, Associate Dean of Research and International Programs, University of California, Irvine
  • John Matthews, Lead and Co-Founder, Alliance for Global Water Adaptation
  • Scott Moore, Senior Fellow, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, University of Pennsylvania
  • John Parker, Deputy Director, Sustainable Water Partnership (Tetra Tech)
  • 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)
  • Lauren Risi, Project Director, Environmental Change & Security Program, Wilson Center
  • Mike Sfraga, Director, Global Sustainability and Resilience Program and Polar Initiative, Wilson Center
  • Janani Vivekananda, Senior Advisor, adelphi
  • Deirdre Warner-Kramer, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Marine Conservation, U.S. Department of State
  • Gary White, CEO and Co-Founder, (Invited)
  • Aaron Wolf, Professor of Geography, Oregon State University


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