It is very hard to notice but there are complex and real links between water and conflict. Though water resources are enough for people all around the world but it can be a cause for war or some conflicts. In history we can see a very long story about tensions and violence over access to water resources, attacks on water systems, and the use of water systems as weapons during war. However, you need to know, the water resource is not the only cause for war or conflicts.

The Pacific Institute’s work on water and conflict now helps opposing sides to find common ground and stop conflicts over resources. Studying in this sphere has joined together disputing parties in Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, Central America, and the Middle East that they can explore ways of moving toward cooperation over water. In joint projects with Oregon State University, the Institute has also united arms control experts together with international water negotiators to explore tools and techniques. It has to make a piece between them and helps to achieve agreements. This working field consists from different kind of sphere of activities. For example, projects include military, intelligence, and diplomatic communities. They need to work together because team-work helps them understand the risks, and how to reduce them, of violence over water resources.

In an ongoing effort to understand the connections between water resources, water systems, and international security and conflict, the Pacific Institute has created a project which would be last for over twenty years. It is necessary because of tracking and categorizing events related to water and conflict.