Science and diplomacy around shared US-Mexico water resources

In October 2018, working with several campus units as part of the work of the International Water Security Network, the Udall Center organized a workshop: ‘Binational Water Relations at 75 Years’. The theme of the event was the anniversary of the Treaty of 1944 that governs water relations between the United States and Mexico.

A number of the attendees resolved to prepare papers on U.S.-Mexico water relations, as well as on the larger topic of hydrodiplomacy across the globe.

The first published output from the workshop has just appeared online in the AAAS journal, Science and Diplomacy. ‘U.S.-Mexico hydrodiplomacy: Foundations, change, and future challenges,’ was coauthored by Udall Center faculty members Margaret Wilder (affiliate faculty), Robert Varady, Andrea Gerlak, and Christopher Scott; and longtime associates Stephen Mumme (Colorado State University), and Nicolás Pineda Pablos (El Colegio de Sonora).

In keeping with the outcome of the 2018 workshop, four of the authors of the above article (Varady, Wilder, Gerlak, and Pineda) are editing a special issue of the journal Environmental Science and Diplomacy, ‘New Directions in Hydrodiplomacy to Meet Global Water Challenges: Learning from the Past, Shaping the Future.’ The issue will include articles on North and South America, Europe, South and Southeast Asia, and Africa.

For more information, contact Robert Varady.