This page contains an archived collection of videos and presentation materials (if available) for lectures/talks that were created in partnership with other USF and non-USF entities. COPH was a co-sponsor of these events.

This Conference is the third in a series of Conferences addressing concerns about water:

The first Conference ( 2010 ) set the stage for the subsequent Conferences. A very diverse group of Speakers and Attendees presented and discussed an overview of our current state of awareness and concern about the critical role of water as it relates to regional stability. Academicians, Corporate leaders, as well as Religious and Cultural Scholars participated.

The Second Conference ( 2011 ) emphasized the relationships of water to Health from the perspective that Health plays a fundamental role in stability. Again, we maintained the diversity of participants.

We take comfort in providing a neutral avenue for presenting disparate views on common themes. The diversity of Speakers and Attendees has been and continues to be one of the greatest strengths of these Conferences. Individuals and organizations who have not routinely met together have become regular presenters and attendees.

The latest Conference ( 2012 ) builds on this platform from the perspective articulated in the 2012 Conference description below.

Event Name
Title of Presentation/Speaker

May 7-9, 2012

Water: The Key to Regional Stability Thru Sustainable Partnerships

Description (pdf)

Agenda (pdf)

Organizers' Brief Bios (pdf)

Planning Committee Brief Bios (pdf)

Speaker Bios (pdf)

Press Coverage:

Monday, May 7, 2012

1. Welcome and Opening Remarks

2. Water Resource Sustainability: Strategy, Risk Management and Partnerships

3. International Waters: Conflict, Cooperation and Transformation

4. Watershed Issues and Management in Afghanistan: Opportunities and Challenges

5. ADT's Role in Water Management

6. Afghan Farmers Have Forgotten How to Farm: Strategic Impact of Water Politics

7. Panel Discussion/Synthesis (video)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

1. Water and Energy: Forces Shaping the Future and Key Trends

2. Global Power –Water Outlook: Future Pathways

  • Alicia Altagracia Aponte

3. China's Water-Energy Dynamics

4. Technology Solutions : The GE Perspective

5. Morning Q & A (video)

6. USMC Expeditionary Energy Update: Shaping America's Middleweight Force

7. Panel Discussion/ Synthesis (video)

8. Mining issues in Afghanistan

9. Mining Opportunities & Water Challenges in Afghanistan

10. Mine Reclamation Design to Provide Sustainable Water Resource Systems: the Florida Experience

11. The Mining Legacy in a Water Scarce South Africa

12. Panel Discussion/Synthesis (video)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

1. COIN Effect: Understanding water's role in counterinsurgency stability operations, RC(SW), Afghanistan

2. Implications of the Intelligence Community Assessment (Global Water Security - 2 Feb 2012) and the US Water Partnership ( 22 Mar 2012 )

  • Mohsen M. Milani

3. An Integrated Approach: Water and the New Silk Road

4. Innovative partnerships to promote regional stability through civil society engagement, new governance structures and information sharing

5. Private Sector Partnerships: Successes and Limitations

6. Avoiding Water Wars: Policy Tools and Strategic Implications

7. Hirmand/Helmand International River Basin

  • Syamak Moattari

8. Conference Synthesis

9.Closing Remarks (video)