Water, Security, and Conflict: New Issue Brief

August 27, 2018, Oakland, California — Today the Pacific Institute and the World Resources Institute (WRI) released an issue brief summarizing the current understanding of water and security threats and their links to conflict, migration, and food insecurity. In “Water, Security, and Conflict,” Peter Gleick of the Pacific Institute and Charles Iceland of WRI review the key drivers behind growing water risk, describe and illustrate water and security pathways, and present approaches for reducing water related risks to global security.

The brief is the result of a joint project between the Pacific Institute and the World Resources Institute and part of the Pacific Institute’s ongoing work on water and conflict. It aims to provide professionals in the defense, diplomacy, and development fields with knowledge to inform proactive policies and action that can be enacted before crises erupt.

Learn more about the issue brief and download a copy here.



The Pacific Institute is a global water think tank that creates and advances solutions to some of the world’s most pressing water challenges through interdisciplinary research and by partnering with a variety of stakeholders. Founded in 1987 and based in Oakland, California, the Pacific Institute envisions a world in which society, the economy, and the environment have the water they need to thrive now and in the future.