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Ripple Effect: Exploring the Intersection of Water Insecurity and Displacement in the Middle East

June 26, 2023 • 9:30 – 10:30 am EDT

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More than 16 million people in the Middle East are currently displaced, and water insecurity is likely to drive further displacement. Climate change and ineffective water management have driven people from their homes as floods, droughts, and landslides have become more common. Water insecurity also drives instability and conflict, as resource shortages aggravate pre-existing vulnerabilities and inequalities.   

Please join the CSIS Middle East Program for a virtual discussion on the connections between water insecurity and displacement and how these factors have played out in Iraq, Yemen, and Syria with eminent experts Giorgi Gigauri, Niku Jafarnia, and Michael Talhami, moderated by Natasha Hall. 

This event is made possible through support by Bahaa Rafic Hariri.

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Photo: Natasha Hall

Photo: Natasha Hall

The Ripple Effect of Water Insecurity

Water insecurity in the Middle East is destroying livelihoods, forcing migration, and fostering instability, with ripple effects on the political, economic, and environmental future of the region.

Commentary by Natasha Hall — May 4, 2023

Contact Information

Giorgi Gigauri Headshot

Giorgi Gigauri

Chief of Mission, The International Organization for Migration in Iraq
Michael Talhami Headshot

Michael Talhami

Senior Program Manager, The International Committee of the Red Cross
Niku Jafarnia Headshot

Niku Jafarnia

Yemen and Bahrain Researcher, Human Rights Watch