The Middle East Studies Center, the Global Water Institute, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, International Programs in Agriculture, and the Office of Research in the college of arts and Sciences are partnering to host annual forums on local/global dimensions of water conflict and cooperation. We’ve hosted or co-hosted a number of water-related lectures and workshops focused on transboundary water conflict/cooperation since 2015.  Our next event will be the water research forum we convene on February 8, 2019 to gather faculty input. The following forum updates provide further detail:

Our goals: We hope to foster interdisciplinary exchange at OSU, engage students in global studies relevant to Ohio State’s Discovery Themes, and build research communities.

Planned activities: We are seeking partnership on three forums and an international conference in 2021.  We will seek co-sponsorship from industry partners, in addition to  OSU colleges, and charge a registration fee to economize. The first forum will focus mainly on OSU faculty and local partners to define the direction of the project and will therefore be free of charge and lower cost.  We are also seeking co-sponsorship from the Global Water Institute, the Sustainable and Resilient Economy Program, the Global Water Institute, the School of Earth Sciences, and others.


Image of Murchison Falls, Nile River

Rod Waddington from Kergunyah, Australia [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons