Frontiers: Global Opportunities for Strengthening Resource Security

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Climate change is exacerbating competition over natural resources worldwide, leading to shifting and increased conflict. In the coming decades, global trends such as urbanization, displacement, rising resource demand, and environmental degradation are likely to make matters worse.

Yet the shared use of land, water, and other resources is also critical for cooperation, peacebuilding, reconstruction, and long-term development generally. As a growing body of evidence makes clear, secure resource rights and strong local governance can help reduce the incidence and severity of disputes, boost resilience, and improve livelihoods.

Join USAID and New America to explore the challenges associated with natural resource management, climate change, and conflict, as well as the tools and approaches that practitioners can use to address these critical issues.


  • Arrival & Coffee (9:45 am – 10:00 am)
  • Welcome & Introductory Remarks (10:00 am – 10:10 am)
  • Fireside Chat: The Challenges of Resource-Related Conflict (10:10 am – 10:45 am)
    • Tegan Blaine, Director of Climate, Environment & Conflict, U.S. Institute of Peace
    • Peter Bergen, Vice President, New America (moderator)
  • Panel Discussion: Land, Water, and Peacebuilding Solutions (10:50 am – 11:30 am)
    • Opening Remarks: David Alpher, Conflict and Violence Prevention Integrator, USAID
    • Daniel Abrahams, Senior Climate Security Advisor, USAID Center for Conflict and Violence Prevention
    • Nikki Behnke, Program Specialist, USAID Center for Water Security, Sanitation, and Hygiene
    • Jessie Anderson, Senior Conflict Advisor, USAID Center for Resilience
  • Lunch (11:30 am – 12:00 pm) 

This event is part of the year-long Frontiers event series, which explores the interface of conflict, climate change, and governance of land and natural resources. The Frontiers series is hosted by USAID’s Center for Conflict and Violence Prevention and USAID’s Land and Resource Governance Division and is made possible by USAID’s Integrated Natural Resources Management Project in partnership with New America.