Goldstein Program in Public Affairs

Date: 5:30pm EDT October 16, 2019

Water Security From Conflict to Cooperation

The Goldstein Program in Public Affairs Young Alumni Program is pleased to welcome Ambika Vishwanath ’05, Co-Founder and Director of Kubernein Initiative, to discuss water security and foreign policy.

Conflict over water resources has been discussed in the policy community for decades, and is now further exacerbated by growing populations and unpredictable changes in the climate. However, there have been more instances of cooperation than conflict over shared water resources. On occasion, countries have even used their water resources to forge ties leading to cooperation in other spheres as well. Ms. Vishwanath’s lecture will focus on some of these positive examples from around the world and will examine how a nation’s domestic needs often plays a role in determining their transboundary water policy. Having travelled to many of these shared water basins, Ms. Vishwanath will bring in personal anecdotes and stories and discuss how cooperation is possible and what other troubled regions and hotspots may learn from these examples. 

Ambika Vishwanath is the Co-Founder and Director of Kubernein Initiative, an India based geopolitical advisory that aims to bridge the gap on issues that require greater intellectual questioning and curiosity. Ambika has lead track two diplomacy efforts and consulted with several governments and international organizations, both in India and around the world at the intersection between transboundary water security and foreign policy. She also works in the space of new emerging concepts of Asian multilateralism and creating a better understanding of the rapidly changing landscape of India. Ambika has been published in several global newspapers, blogs and journals and is a member of the Munich Young Leaders of the Munich Security Conference, Germany. She has a Masters from the American University of Cairo, Egypt and is a member of the Class of 2005, Washington College.