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Water Wars: Beyond the Blue Revolution

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 12:00pm

World Policy Journal presents:

Water Wars:  Beyond the Blue RevolutionA Lunch Discussion with Alun Anderson and Steven Solomon, moderated by David A. Andelman

The world's great conflicts of the future will revolve around what is now and will increasingly become the most valuable and vital commodity to the preservation and sustainability of life on earth--not oil or gas, neither gold nor diamonds, but water. From the arid reaches of the Middle East to African rivers being dammed by a generation of ill-considered moves by larcenous potentates to the rapidly melting Arctic icecap, the Winter 2009/2010 issue of World Policy Journal examines the most critical issues confronting the ecologists and statesmen assembled just three months ago in Copenhagen, including the one most likely to be ignored: what lies beyond the blue revolution.

This lunch discussion brings together Alun Anderson, author of After the Ice:  Life, Death and Geopolitics in the New Arctic and “Water Wars” contributor, and Steven Solomon, author of WATER: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power and CivilizationWorld Policy Journal Editor David A. Andelman will moderate.

Tuesday, April 13, 201012:15 – 2PMLunch will be served beginning at 12:15; the discussion will begin at 12:30.

Demos220 Fifth Avenue (between 26th and 27th streets)Fifth Floor Conference RoomNew York, NY

Click HERE for pricing and registration.

About the Speakers

Alun Anderson is former editor-in-chief of New Scientist magazine, a board member of the Boston-based innovation network and the author of After the Ice:  Life, Death and Geopolitics in the New Arctic (HarperCollins/Smithsonian, 2009). In thiseye-opening look at the winners and losers in the high-stakes story of Arctic transformation, Anderson explores the effects of global warming amid new geopolitical rivalries, combining science, business, politics, and adventure to provide a fascinating narrative portrait of this rapidly changing land of unparalleled global significance.  Anderson’s recent contribution to World Policy Journal, “The Great Arctic Melt,” heralds the coming transformation of the Arctic and takes a sobering look at what the now-unstoppable massive polar ice cap melt will mean for politics at the top of the world. In what has been described as the largest unexplored area for petroleum on earth, the gradual opening of Arctic sea lanes has touched off more mapping expeditions in the last five years than the previous fifty. Disputes over borders and rights to resources underneath the seabed are almost certain to flare, and in an ominous forecast, Anderson warns that if countries fail to take steps to preserve the pole's changing ecosystem, we could end up with an Arctic wasteland at the top of our planet.

Steven Solomon is the author of WATER: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization (HarperCollins, 2010).  In this groundbreaking account, esteemed journalist Steven Solomon describes a terrifying—and all too real—world in which access to fresh water has replaced oil as the primary cause of global conflicts that increasingly emanate from drought-ridden, overpopulated areas of the world. As modern society runs short of its most indispensable resource and the planet’s renewable water ecosystems grow depleted, an explosive new fault line is dividing humanity into water Haves and Have-nots, and water scarcity is inseparably interrelated to the global crises of energy, food, and climate change. For Western democracies, water represents no less than the new oil—demanding a major rethink of basic domestic and foreign policies—but also offering a momentous opportunity to relaunch wealth and global leadership through exploiting a comparative advantage in freshwater reserves. Meticulously researched and undeniably prescient, WATER is a stunningly clear-eyed action statement on what Robert F Kennedy, Jr. calls “the biggest environmental and political challenge of our time.” 

David A. Andelman is Editor of World Policy Journal and author of three books including A Shattered Peace: Versailles 1919 and the Price We Pay Today. He is a former foreign correspondent for The New York Times and later CBS News, traveling through and reporting from nearly 60 countries. He also has been Executive Editor of, Washington correspondent for CNBC, news editor of Bloomberg News and Business Editor of the New York Daily News.


  • Free for WPI Members.
  • Non-members receive free admission with the purchase of a subscription to World Policy Journal. (One-year print subscription with electronic access:  $34; Two-years: $58; Three-years: $79)
  • Regular non-member admission:  $15 for lunch or $30 for lunch AND a copy of either WATER (list price $27.99) or After the Ice (list price $26.99)
  • Non-member admission for Academics, Nonprofit Professionals and Full-time Students:  $10 for lunch or $25 for lunch AND a copy of either WATER (list price $27.99) or After the Ice (list price $26.99)

Payment and RSVP

WPI Members:  RSVP to or to 212.481.5005, Option 2.   Non-Members:  Register and pay online HERE:

April 13 Lunch Discussion - "Water Wars"


WATER (list price $27.99) and After the Ice (list price $26.99) will both be available for purchase on the day of the event: $20 for non-members, $15 for WPI members.

“Water Wars,” World Policy Journal Winter 2009/2010, will be available for purchase on the day of the event: $10 for non-members

Advance registration is required to help us plan and order appropriately and minimize waste. All reservations must be paid in advance. Please RSVP by noon on Monday, April 12.

Cancellations received more than 24 hours prior to the event will receive credit towards future events.

Call the World Policy Institute Events line at 212.481.5005, option 2, with any event-related questions.

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