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When Borders Melt

January 13, 2017
What happens when a border melts? An Italian Project is mapping how climate change will impact and shift the location of the country's borders.  Could movable borders be the solution?
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Sixaola: Sharing Waters in Central America

January 5, 2017
OSU Master's Student Dacotah Splichalova presents a platform for discussion on efforts in the Sixaola Basin to share waters and enhance water security.  This article and mini-movie is based on her Master's Thesis research in the basin. 
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Summaries from the Budapest Water Summit 2016

December 11, 2016
This blog post presents a summary from several sessions at the Budapest Water Summit. It quotes OSU's Lynette de Silva about the role that water dispute resolution and conflict management can provide to address the potential for water conflicts. 
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These Maps Help Fill the Gaps on the Dakota Access Pipeline

November 5, 2016
Dr. Jennifer Veilleux, along with several other OSU graduates, map the Dakota Access Pipeline to help understand the impacts to the Missouri River, connected water ways, and indigenous people.  The pipeline raises issues of tribal sovereignty, water security, and environmental justice.
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Liquidity Crisis

November 5, 2016
The Economist discusses water scarcity, the need for conservation and efficiency of use, as well as defining water rights. 
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Dakota Access Pipeline and Water Security of the Missouri River 

September 27, 2016
OSU graduate Dr. Jennifer Veilleux begins the first of several posts dicussing the importance of the Missouri River's water security.  The discussion starts with how the Dakota Access Pipeline could impact the water security of the Missouri River. 
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Water Giveaway Threatens Livelihoods, Wildlife

August 26, 2016
The Oregonian discusses how Oregon is helping farmers drain the state's aquifers for unsustainable agriculture at the expense of ecosystems. OSU's Director for the Institute of Water and Watershed's, Dr. Todd Jarvis, comments.
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How A New Source of Water is Helping Reduce Conflict in the Middle East

July 19, 2016
A look at the potential that desalination could have to reduce conflict and unite enemies in a common cause for water, plus the author looks at the possibilities for water diplomacy.
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Navigating Cultural Currents: Sharing Water in Central America

July 11, 2016
Between the Southeastern portion of the country of Costa Rica and Panama to the south runs the Sixaola River. For almost a hundred miles on its meandering path to the Caribbean the river forms the boundary between these two nations - but the Sixaola has many names. Water Policy and Management Master's student Dacotah Sphlichalova discusses her research in the basin.
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Rama's Sandals and the Spirit of Dialogue

May 16, 2016
OSU Professor Dr. Aaron Wolf's blog article for the Garrison Institute addresses the incorporation of the spiritual dimension into conflict negotiations and mediations, and its ability to achieve transformation towards a shared understanding.
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Comprehensive Report of World's Transboundary Water Basins Finds Hotspots of Risk

May 2, 2016
OSU's Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation partnered with several other institutions on the Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP) led by the Global Environment Facility to create a baseline assessment of all the Earth's transboundary water resources. This includes a comprehensive assessment of 286 transboundary river basins that identifies hotspots where geopolitical risks are projected to increase in the next few decades.
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Serious Gaming in Water

April 23, 2016
Dr. Todd Jarvis, Director of OSU's Institute for Water and Watersheds, provides an overview of the different types of "serious games" and applications that are available as tools for training students in water negotiations.
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Cultural Costs of Tropical Dams

April 8, 2016
OSU Graduate Dr. Jennifer Veilleux and Dr. Elizabeth Anderson of Florida International University published a letter in Science discussing the cultural impacts of dam construction in tropical regions.
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Global List of Water-Related Conflicts Grows

February 18, 2016
The latest edition of the Pacific Institute’s Water Conflict Chronology shows a rise in the number of water related clashes in the past three decades. Oregon State's Dr. Michael Campana is quoted discussing the exclusion of groundwater in the latest estimates for describing water scarcity.
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Islamic State Uses Syria's Biggest Dam as Refuge and Potential Weapon

January 20, 2016
Islamic State militants are using Syria's Taqba Dam to hide prisoners and shelter senior officials. As this dam, and others, are vital to the region, Dr. Aaron Wolf comments that "These aren't the people you want controlling basically the arteries of the region."
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Research and Documentation of Global Rivers - Dr. Jennifer Veilleux: River Geographer | Artist

December 2015
Geography and Photography website features scientific papers, resources, stories, and portraits from dam development on the Blue Nile and Mekong rivers by OSU graduate Dr. Jennifer Veilleux. Content is focused on global freshwater security.
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Aaron Wolf Wins AAG Gilbert White Public Service Award

December 9, 2015
Dr. Aaron Wolf, geography professor at OSU, was honored with the 2016 American Association of Geographers (AAG) Gilbert White Public Service Award for his work on mediating transboundary water resources conflicts in the Middle East.
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Mediation At the Paris Climate Summit

November 25, 2015
Oregon Public Broadcast's Think Out Loud hosts OSU Professor Dr. Gregg Walker on his forthcoming trip to the Paris climate talks. Dr. Walker has attended 20 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Summits and is an expert in environmental conflict resolution.
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Stormy Waters

October 15, 2015
Terra's article on OSU Master's student Joe Kemper, who is part of the Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation, discusses his research into solving a local dispute over flodding and ditches.
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Promoting Transboundary Water Cooperation: Challenges and Model Solutions

September 28, 2015
Dr. Aaron Wolf was joined by Dr. Mark Zeitoun and Dr. Marian Patrick to present a Webinar for U.S. Water Partnership as part of their Member Webinar Series. The Webinar presented an overview of transboundary water conflicts and potential solutions.
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Scientific Mediation

September 2015
Oregon State University's Dr. Todd Jarvis has co-written an article on Mediate.com. The article discusses scientific mediators attempting to tread the path between “Merchants of Doom” and “Merchants of Doubt” as “Merchants of Discourse” uses multiple working hypotheses and multiple ways of knowing as their moral compass.
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The World's Most Hostile International Water Basins [Infographic]

June 25, 2015
The newly launched A New Climate for Peace report on climate-fragility risks calls water a common denominator for climate risk. The report includes an infographic using data from OSU's Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database to illustrate the world's most active, tension filled, international water basins.  
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Jordan, Saudi Arabia sign deal to protect shared aquifer

May 3, 2015
Mr. Mohammad Alatrash, Alumni of OSUs Water Conflict Management and Transformation Workshop, worked on the recent water agreement signed between Jordan and Saudi Arabia. 
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OSU Water Conflict Negotiator Wins Prize

April 27, 2015
Oregon Public Broadcast's Think Out Loud interviews OSU's Dr. Aaron Wolf, recipient of the Heinz Award, on his work resolving water conflicts around the globe.  
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Dr. Aaron Wolf Received the Heinz Award in Public Policy

April 23, 2015
Dr. Aaron Wolf received the Heinz Award in the Public Policy category for his pioneering leadership in the practice of water diplomacy, which brings science, problem-solving and cultural sensitivity to the mediation of transboundary water conflicts. The breadth of Dr. Wolf's critical work proves that by sharing science-based evidence and identifying shared values, cooperation can replace conflict. 
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NPR: Don't Torpedo the Dam, Full Speed Ahead for Ethiopia's Nile Project

March 26, 2015
NPR interviews Dr. Aaron Wolf regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. When completed, the Renaissance Dam promises to be the largest hydro-electric project in Africa. Both Egypt and Ethiopia rely on Nile waters. This week, they signed an agreement allowing Ethiopia to continue building the grand hydropower dam.
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WaterWired: Its Here! UNESCO-IHE - UPEACE - OSU Joint Education Programme: Water Cooperation and Peace

March 22, 2015
Oregon State University, along with UNESCO-IHE and the University for Peace, are celebrating the roll-out of the new joint Master's programme in Water Cooperation and Peace. The programme launches summer 2015 and will provide a unique opportunity for students to undertake coursework and hands-on experiences in Costa Rica, The Netherlands and the United States. For more information check out the flyer.
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Steering Conflict Toward Positive Communication and Change

March 9, 2015
Mitigating conflict begins with a willingness to listen, an ability to understand the concerns of others and the desire to work toward a solution. It’s this approach that makes Lynette de Silva a catalyst for how water disputes are negotiated and resolved on a local, national and international level.
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The Oregonian: Of Oregon's 31 Water Bottlers, None as Controversial as Nestle

March 6, 2015
Nearly everywhere the world's largest food and beverage company eyes a water source, controversy follows. Oregon is home to 31 bottled water companies, and only Nestlé is controversial enough to flood state officials' inboxes with protest emails.
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Radio Farda: Isfahan, Iran Has Difficult Decisions About Water

March 5, 2015
Radio Farda, part of Radio Free Europe, interviews Dr. Michael Campana regarding the Zayandeh River, which runs through Isfahan into the Gavkhoni Wetlands. The interview can be heard in Persian here.
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Monocle 24: The Globalist: A Look at the World’s Water Supply

February 10, 2015
Monocle 24 is a 24-hour London based radio station with the morning news program, “The Globalist.”  As part of a three part series, The Globalist interviews Dr. Aaron Wolf and Dr. Peter Gleick to talk about the world’s water supply and the potential for conflict and cooperation. 
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Alaska Public Media: Shared Waters: Conflict, Cooperation, and Transformation

December 17, 2014
Alaska World Affairs Council and KSKA Public Radio hosts Dr. Aaron Wolf as part of Alaska World Affairs Council Presents in Anchorage, Alaska.  This podcast of Dr. Wolf’s presentation discusses shared waters, conflict, cooperation, and transformation. 
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Report: Water, Temperature Changes Not Central Drivers of Sub-Sahara Africa Conflicts

December 16, 2014
As forecasts for global climate change become increasingly dire, a growing body of research is focused on untangling the links between human violence and events like heatwaves, droughts, and floods.
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Plan to Tow Thirst-quenching Icebergs to Africa is on Ice

October 31, 2014
A project conceived to solve water shortages by towing icebergs from the poles to regions such as Africa and South America is still awaiting funding to progress, despite plans to start tests two years ago.
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Seeking Headwater of Peace

September 29, 2014
Can a massive dam on Ethiopia’s Blue Nile River become a “platform for peace” in the parched lands of Africa? Or will it instead spark new conflicts among neighboring nations?
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Vulnerabilities to hydropower development on the Nu River, China

June 30, 2014
China’s active hydropower development is commanding global attention. New cascades of large dams are planned on large transboundary rivers and smaller dams are being rapidly built on their tributaries. Downstream nations and international conservation organizations are becoming increasingly concerned.
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Call for Applications: Scholarship for Water Cooperation and Peace - Joint Master Programme

June 23, 2014
UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education (UNESCO-IHE), the University for Peace (UPEACE) and Oregon State University (OSU), institutions with a unique range of expertise, have jointly developed a new Master programme on Water Cooperation and Peace, which has been endorsed by UNESCO’s “From Potential Conflict to Cooperation Potential PCCP” programme.
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IWW Interim Director Todd Jarvis publishes book on Conflict Resolution and Groundwater

June 16, 2014
In this newly released book, Dr. Jarvis explores the unique challenges and issues surrounding the governance and management of groundwater.   Through case studies and first-hand accounts, Dr. Jarvis shares insights gained through his 30 years of experience as a consulting groundwater hydrologist, professional mediator, and academic researcher.
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Where Will the World's Water Conflicts Erupt? [Infographic]

May 12, 2014
As the climate shifts, rivers will both flood and dry up more often, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Shortages are especially likely in parts of the world already strapped for water, so political scientists expect feuds will become even more intense. To track disputes worldwide, researchers at Oregon State University spent a decade building a comprehensive database of international exchanges—-both conflicts and alliances—over shared water resources. Read More

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Water: The bridge to peace

January 8, 2014
The water resources graduate program at Oregon State University offers a fresh approach to communication, negotiation and conflict resolution of heated global disputes over seemingly murky waters.
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Launch of the International River Basins Organization (RBO) Database

December 5, 2013
As the 2013 International Year of Water Cooperation is wrapping up, the Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database (TFDD) team at Oregon State University is pleased to announce the launch of the new International River Basins Organization (RBO) Database. This large source of information on RBOs was collected and organized by Dr. Susanne Schmeier, and will now be included alongside our existing datasets on international river basins, international freshwater agreements and treaties, and international water events.
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Mediation as a tool for solving water-related disputes

November 14, 2013
Dr. Aaron Wolf presents on “Mediation as a tool for solving water-related disputes,” at the Water Security and Peace Conference, organized by the Water Diplomacy Consortium at Peace Palace, The Hague.
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Calming the waters

June 24, 2013
OSU prof honored for his role in mediating international water disputes “Water management,” says Aaron Wolf, “is conflict management.”

He should know. Wolf, an Oregon State University geography professor and director of the university’s Program in Water Conflict Management  and Transformation, has traveled the world mediating some of the  planet’s most intractable water disputes.
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Ethiopia dam fears exaggerated, say experts

June 12, 2013
In a fiery speech Monday night by Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi  capping weeks of tension between Egypt and Ethiopia over the latter’s  Renaissance Dam mega project, Morsi said that all options were open, implying that a military solution was on the table to defend Egypt’s water  supply. Jennifer Veilleux, PhD graduate in geography from Oregon State University, who has done extensive research on the dam provides perspective.
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Aaron Wolf receives prestigious award for work on international water conflict

March 27, 2013
Oregon State University Professor of Geosciences Aaron Wolf has just been named this year’s winner of the Monito del Giardino award for his work on international water conflict, specifically in regards to the Arab- Israeli conflict.
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Aaron Wolf featured in new book, ‘Ecoliterate’ Aaron Wolf

October 10, 2012
Oregon State University professor of geography Aaron Wolf, recognized for his work in mediating water disputes around the world, is featured in the new book, Ecoliterate, which tells stories of activists, educators, and young people from across the nation who are creatively addressing issues related to coal, oil, food, and water.
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2012 Natural Resources Leadership Academy

In June of 2012, Oregon State University will be hosting its first Natural Resources Leadership Academy, in Corvallis, Oregon. This is a unique opportunity to enhance leadership skills, gain knowledge and connect with others in the natural resources field.
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A River Loved: A film about the Columbia River

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October 27, 2011
A documentary film produced by Julie Elkins Watson, a Water Resources Policy & Management Masters Student at Oregon State University. The film tells the story of the Columbia River and the diverse people and interests in the basin.
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Redrawing the Map of the World’s International River Basins

August 24, 2011
Understanding why conflict over water resources arises between nations begins with a solid understanding of the geography of international river basins.
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Water Crisis Offers Chance for Unity over Strife

July 30, 2011
The planet is currently home to 276 international river basins, which cover almost a half of the earth's land surface and are home to 40 percent of the global population.
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Transboundary Water Basins, Climate Change, Variability, & Institutional Resilience

July 28, 2011
When Aaron Wolf, professor in the Department of Geoscience at Oregon State University, and his colleagues first looked at the dynamics behind water conflict in their Basins at Risk study, they found that a lot of the issues they'd assume would lead to conflict, like scarcity or economic growth, didn't necessarily.
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Columbia River: Building Resilience into the Treaty

July 28, 2011
Aaron Wolf discusses the Columbia River issues given the potential for change in status of the Columbia River Treaty in 2024.
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Updating Basins at Risk: Transboundary Water Conflict & Cooperation

July 28, 2011
Aaron Wolf discusses key indicators of international freshwater conflict and cooperation that help identify and evaluate international river basins at potential risk for future conflict.
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A World Cup Every Month

June 20, 2011
There has never been an occasion in history when arguments between nations over water have been a cassus belli. That’s the encouraging view from Oregon State University’s Aaron Wolf who specialises in water resources policy and conflict resolution and who addressed the recent SA Water & Energy Forum with great authority. But is that about to change?
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Water Wars: Hydropotential or Hydrohype?

April 15, 2011
Transboundary water issues affect nearly everyone. There are 276 international river basins and the United Nations has defined nearly 300 transboundary aquifers.
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Water Politics & Security in Africa: Interview with Prof. Aaron Wolf

February 18, 2011
The Africa Regional Media Hub interviews Professor Aaron Wolf of Oregon State University on Water Politics & Security in Africa.
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Tapping Spirituality to Help Resolve Global Water Conflicts

October 22, 2010
Aaron Wolf is both a professor of geography at Oregon State University and a trained mediator in conflict resolution -- two professions he has melded together when working on the Arab-Israeli conflict as well as numerous disputes in central and southeast Asia and Africa.
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Countdown on the Columbia- Deadline looms for the river that turned darkness to dawn

October 2, 2010
As we grow up, we have new experiences. We learn something we didn’t know before. We consider others. Make discoveries. Make mistakes. We fail and we succeed.
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Mapping the Resilience of International River Basins to Future Climate Change-Induced Water Variability

September 8, 2010
Transboundary watercourses pose a variety of challenges to the management of water resources.
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The dirty River Jordan

June 30, 2010
The holy waterway of Biblical times has become a polluted, foul-smelling stream. Can it be saved?
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Water Wars, War of the Well, and Guerilla Well-fare

March 16, 2010
To get a feel for how sensationalist the term "Water wars" is in the media, consider that a search on Google leads to nearly 31 million results.
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Community-Based Approaches to Conflict Management in the US Pacific

March 12, 2010
Todd Javis presents a case study showcasing how one community with multi-stakeholders addressed complex water issues.
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The winter 2009/2010, "World Policy Journal" focuses on Water Wars

December 29, 2009
The winter 2009/2010, "World Policy Journal" features articles addressing water conflict concerns.
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Todd Jarvis describes ground water management plans

December 4, 2009
Todd Jarvis, Associate director of the institute for water and watersheds, talks about new approaches to ground water management.
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International Waters: Conflict, Cooperation, and Climate Change

November 1, 2009
Almost all human and ecosystem activity relies on a safe, stable supply of water resources. And since the resource needs to be allocated to myriad uses, from drinking to agriculture to instream flows to transportation, industry, and spiritual transformation, water management is conflict management.
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Part 10- Fourth Plenary of the 2009 RSE Symposium

October 24, 2009
Professor Aaron T. Wolf, Department of Geosciences, Oregon State University at Part 10 of the Fourth Plenary of the 8th Religion, Science, and the Environment Symposium under the auspices of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew held in New Orleans, LA on October 24, 2009.
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Peace Talks Radio: Can Water Negotiations Point The Way to Peace?

September 25, 2009
Peace Talks Radio host Carol Boss talks with Aaron Wolf, international water negotiator and professor at Oregon State University.
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Aaron Wolf - Spiritual Transformations and Environmental Negotiations


In this short video, Geoffrey Dabelko, Director at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, interviews Aaron Wolf.
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Blue Gold: Have the Next Resource Wars Begun?

March 31, 2009
It has often been said that water is "blue gold" and the next resource wars will be fought, not over oil, but over water...
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Peace in the Pipeline

February 13, 2009
"Water wars are coming!" the newspaper headlines scream. It seems obvious; rivalries over water have been the source of disputes since humans settled down to cultivate food.
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The Man Who Bridges Troubled Waters

December 29, 2008
Aaron Wolf mediates disputes around the world, helping enemies realize that no one deserves to have the water shut off.
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New Class Aims to Take the Fight Out of Water Disputes

June 20, 2008
There's a saying in the West: whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting. But what if you could take the fight out of water conflicts? Oregon State University is offering a series of courses that aims to do just that. The goal is to teach water users to make peace, not war. But will it work? Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.
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Prof Uses Spirituality to Stop Fights

June 7, 2008
OSU man, a veteran of the water wars, sees it as great tool In a world where nations go to war over natural resources, it surprises Oregon State University's Aaron Wolf that water seems to have a transcendent quality. It's so essential that most cultures view it as a gift from God, he said. Many will uphold even their enemies' right to access water in order to survive.

Outside Looking In: OSU students get a taste of community-based restoration in the Grande Ronde Watershed:

October 24, 2007
Oregon State University graduate students and faculty members were hosted by the Grande Ronde Model Watershed and Wallowa Resources for a field course in water governance.
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Across the Divide - Parting the Waters

In the summer of 1997, Aaron Wolf and a Berber guide trekked up narrow mountain paths to a village high in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Despite the steep terrain, they walked lightly. A donkey carried their gear. As they moved toward snowcapped peaks, they crossed one dry, rocky ridge after another.
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