Blogs & Opinion


Ken Conca on the Good, Bad, and Ugly of Water Conflict and Cooperation

24 March 2017 | Lauren Herzer Risi

In international development, conflict is often used as shorthand for violent conflict, and avoiding conflict is considered a priority. But “it’s important to recognize that conflict is not always...

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Why Our Human Rights Depend on Turning Conflict into Conservation

24 March 2017 | Alex Reid

Biodiversity hotspots cover just 1.4% of the planet’s surface, yet 80% of major armed conflicts between 1950 and 2000 occurred in these areas. This figure should be striking, but the connections be...

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Advancing U.S. Prosperity and Security in a Thirsty World

22 March 2017 | Jane Harman and Carter Roberts

The waters of Lake Chad sustain 70 million people in four countries. Beginning in the 1970s, the 25,000-square-kilometer lake began shrinking due to excessive drawdown for agriculture and mining. Now...

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Hydropower Threatens Peace in Myanmar -- But It Doesn't Have To

22 March 2017 | Noah Kittner and Kensuke Yamaguchi

Myanmar faces a critical moment for investment decision-making. The Barack Obama administration's move to lift sanctions on the Southeast Asian country has opened up new opportunities. But the moves t...

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Industry Divided Over Future of US Conflict Minerals Rule

21 March 2017 | Kelly Franklin

Companies and industries affected by the US conflict minerals rule have different views on whether the conflict minerals reporting rule should be maintained, modified or fully repealed.   Thousands o...

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Afghanistan’s Water Plans Complicated by Worried Neighbors

20 March 2017 | Elizabeth B. Hessami

More than 40 years ago, the Soviet Union attempted to harness hydropower to modernize Afghanistan. Between 1960 and 1968, they poured money and technical knowledge into the 100-meter Naghlu gravity da...

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Mattis Latest in Succession of Senior Military Leaders to Warn About Climate Change

17 March 2017 | Schuyler Null

This week, newly minted Secretary of Defense James Mattis joined a long list of senior U.S. military leaders who have warned about the national security threats of climate change.   In previously u...

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How Minerals Fuel Conflicts in Africa

17 March 2017 | Nicolas Berman, Mathieu Couttenier, Dominic Rohner, and Mathias Thoenig

Fighting groups have long understood how important it is to secure a stable stream of financial resources in order to sustain the fighting effort over a prolonged time. Fighters need to be fed and rem...

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Julia McQuaid on the Complex Link Between Water and Conflict in the Middle East and North Africa

17 March 2017 | Benjamin Dills

Does global water stress matter for U.S. national security, and if so, how? That’s a major focus of the next CNA Military Advisory Board report, says Julia McQuaid of the CNA Corporation in this w...

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Water and War

16 March 2017 | Mark Zeitoun

Water is a human right, but too often one of the causes and tools of today’s wars. If we confront the politics behind the scenes with international standards, we can reverse that trend.   Water has...

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