Intelligence Community Assessment on Global Water Security

The National Intelligence Council’s National Intelligence Estimate is the highest level intelligence product created in collaboration with 16 U.S. intelligence agencies. Secretary Clinton commissioned this intelligence report last year to get a better sense of how global water and sanitation challenges might impact our national security interests.

On March 22, 2012, the National Intelligence Council released the unclassified report, the Intelligence Community Assessment on Global Water Security. The report concludes that several regions of the world such as North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, will face major challenges coping with water problems. And that during the next ten years, many countries important to the United States will experience water problems that will increase the risk of instability and state failure, exacerbate regional tensions, and distract them from working with the United States on important policy objectives.

These findings reinforce the view that water is not just a human health issue, not just an economic development or environmental issue, but a peace and security issue. It supports the need to engage diplomatically and to carefully coordinate our development and diplomatic efforts.

Full Report»: Intelligence Community Assessment on Global Water Security

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