International Water Security

Aired on 11/5/2013

Part 2 of SSF’s 5 session series on International Environmental Security, delivered on November 5, 2013, examined the issue of diminishing access to clean water in many parts of the world.  As the pace of climate change increases, water conflicts may emerge as one of the most significant threats to society.

Co-produced with the National Council on Science and the Environment, the webinar was moderated by Dr. Elizabeth Chalecki, Visiting Research Fellow with the Stimson Center and author of Environmental Security, A guide to the issues.

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Marcus King is the John O. Rankin Associate Professor of International Affairs from the  Elliot School at George Washington University. During the Clinton Administration, Dr. King held appointments in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he represented the United States in multilateral environmental negotiations including the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service; and the Office of the Secretary of Energy where he represented the United States in negotiations with the Russian Federation and directly supported the Deputy Secretary. Dr. King has been leading efforts to assess how water shortages and poor quality in the Middle East and other areas will impact U.S. policy objectives. See the report on Water, U.S. Foreign Policy and American Leadership.  (Download the report).

Mohamed Chebaane, is an expert in water issues in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.  Dr. Chebaane has worked on water policy and technical issues with many international agencies and institutions including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).   Dr. Chebaane is the president and co-founder of Water for Life Solutions LLC., which provides solutions to achieve the social, economic, and environmental benefits from the management and sustainable use of water and the adaptation to climate change.

K. Todd Chamberlain recently retired as a Colonel from the United States Army after serving in the Active Army, United States Army Reserve, and the National Guard for 30 years.   As the Chief of the National Guard’s Strategic Initiatives Group from 2008-2010, COL Chamberlain explored the potential impact of climate change on the National Guard’s future missions and participated on the Defense Department team which contributed to the “Crafting a Strategic Approach to Climate and Energy” section of the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review.  COL Chamberlain brings expertise in U.S. Military humanitarian and Military response in the region as a result of water shortages and climate impacts.

The webinar was co-produced by the National Council on Science and the Environment.

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