The Hollings Center’s initiative on Resource Resiliency aims to foster cooperative solutions to questions of sustainable development. Dialogues focus on issues of water, energy, food, and health.

 

Dialogues

The Food Security Factor: Stability, Governance, and Development Choices

Food security in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is viewed as one contributing factor in catalyzing conflicts in the region as well as perpetuating multiple humanitarian crises. The MENA region is the largest importer of food in the world, accounting for nearly 1/3rd of global cereal imports.  Rising prices in staple foods…

The Water Energy Food Nexus: An Integrated Approach to the Middle East Water Challenge

May 2016. The Middle East and North Africa region faces growing pressure on its water systems due to population growth, socio-economic development, security issues, urbanization, and environmental degradation. Some of these issues were discussed during the Hollings Center’s May 2014 dialogue conference, High and Dry: Addressing the Middle East Water Challenge. The dialogue, which was…

High and Dry: Addressing the Middle East Water Challenge

May 2014. Often overshadowed by its political turmoil, the Middle East faces increasing environmental and resource-based challenges, such as depleting water resources. Recognizing the need to find possible collective solutions, the Hollings Center and the Prince Mohammad bin Fahd Program for Strategic Research and Studies at the University of Central Florida convened a conference to…


 

Video

Jeannie Sowers on Food Security Challenges and Practices in the MENA Region

Jeannie Sowers, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of New Hampshire, discusses some of the obstacles to food security in the Middle East & North Africa, particularly the challenge of the inclusion of rural populations in food security strategies. She further highlights good examples from the region.

Martin Keulertz on Food Security in the Middle East & North Africa

Martin Keulertz, Assistant Professor at the American University of Beirut, discusses the challenges the MENA region faces in achieving food security and discusses possible ways to address those challenges. Most importantly, the outlook can be optimistic with attention to key issues and the development of new strategies.

Ismahane Elouafi on Innovation and Investment in MENA Region Food Security

Ismahane Elouafi, Director General of the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture, discusses the innovation solutions that could be applied to improving food security in the Middle East & North Africa. She focuses on deploying small scale technological innovations, the importance of learning from older techniques, and the utilization of local, native crop varieties.

The Link Between Water and Food Security in the Middle East

Dr. Mutlu Özdoğan, of the University of Wisconsin, and Dr. Sezin İba Gürsoy, or Kirklareli University, discuss the link between water issues in the Middle East and long-term food security. They provide examples of example partnerships on food and water security and discuss how the region could better utilize data on water management to improve…

Water Security in the Middle East

Dr. Scott Moore discusses why water is such a political issue and what conditions are necessary to resolving water conflict in the Middle East. He also offers insight on Asia as a model for water management in the Middle East and envisions the future of international cooperation on such issues.     This video was…

The Status of Desalination Technology in the Middle East

Dr. Hassan Arafat of the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology discusses the state of desalination in the Middle East, including problems of using this technology and recent developments in the field of desalination.     This video was produced with support from the Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Program for Strategic Research and Studies at…


 

Events & Other Projects

Video: The Middle East Water-Energy-Food Nexus

On November 16, 2016, the Hollings Center for International Dialogue held a panel entitled, “The Middle East Water-Energy-Food Nexus.” The Middle East is faced with a set of complex interrelated problems related to the water, energy, and food sectors. Understanding the dynamics and linkages between these three sectors is needed to understand potential opportunities, trade-offs,…

Video: Breaking the Cycle: Creating Solutions for Water Security in the Middle East

On January 21, 2015, the Hollings Center for International Dialogue held a panel entitled, “Breaking the Cycle: Creating Solutions for Water Security in the Middle East.” Event Description: Often overshadowed by political turmoil, the Middle East faces increasing environmental and resource-based challenges, notably its depleting water resources. Overuse enabled by government subsidies, growing demographic challenges…