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Third Annual Symposium on Water in Israel and the Middle East

This year’s focus: ‘Transboundary Disputes and Collaborative Systems’

This Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from the Terra satellite shows the Mediterranean Sea (left) and portions of the Middle East.
Image courtesy of NASA

EVANSTON - Northwestern University is hosting the Third Annual Symposium on Water in Israel and the Middle East today (May 15), focusing on “Transboundary Disputes and Collaborative Solutions.”

The event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Hardin Hall on the Evanston campus, is presented by the Northwestern Center for Water Research and the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

The morning session begins at 9:30 a.m. with introductions by Jay Walsh, Northwestern vice president for research, and symposium co-chairs Elie Rekhess and Aaron Packman, welcoming participants to the day’s events, which examine ways experts find sustainable solutions to water challenges.

Speakers at the first session in the morning include Sera Young, assistant professor, anthropology and global health, discussing “The Economic, Health, and Psychosocial Consequences of Household Water Insecurity;” Gidon Bromberg, Israeli co-director, EcoPeace Middle east, addressing “Water Diplomacy and National Security: the Case of Israel;” and Jenny R. Kehl, endowed professor for water policy, School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, discussing“Is Water Security a Threat Multiplier or Catalyst for Cooperation in Intractable Political-Economic Conflicts?” 

In the afternoon, beginning at 1:30 p.m., the second session will include Alon Tal, professor and chair of the department of public policy at Tel Aviv University, discussing “The Perils and Potential of a Panacea: Sustainability Challenges in the Desalination Era;” Munqeth Meyhar, Jordanian co-director, EcoPeace Middle East, talking about “Advancing a Water/Renewable Energy Exchange for Middle East Water and Energy Security;” and Michael Tiboris, global water fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, addressing “Subnational Water Conflict and the Turbid Future of Hydropolitics.”

Learn more about the speakers at the symposium.

The event runs through 5 p.m. in Hardin Hall, which is located in the Rebecca Crown Center, 633 Clark St. on Northwestern’s Evanston campus.

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