Peter Engelke

  • Asian Water Security

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    Few  security  risks  are  becoming  as  serious  and  far-reaching  as  those  that  fall  under  the  heading  of  “ecological  overshoot”,  i.e.,  the  idea  that  humans  are  stretching  the  planet’s  resources  to  the  breaking  point  and  even  beyond. The  growing  scarcity  of  fresh  water  on  a  rapidly  changing planet is an important example of this phenomenon. An insecure supply of clean water raises the dangers of economic disruption, social tension, and even conflict over water resources at both the domestic and international levels. These dangers are highest where water is scarce and governance (at the domestic or international levels) is poor.

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  • Manning and Engelke in Citiscope: 4 ingredients for the perfect tech hub


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  • Engelke in Meeting of the Minds: On Benjamin Barber—Cities, Democracy, and Global Governance


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  • Engelke and Manning in the National Interest: America's Innovation Edge Is at Risk


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  • Madison, Wisconsin: Applied Science

    Madison, Wisconsin, is best known for two things: it is the state capital and it is home to the flagship University of Wisconsin (UW) campus.1 Unfortunately, it is not as well known for its tech hub dynamism. The city has a small but vibrant and growing community of tech startups, a well-educated population (including a high concentration of people with backgrounds in science and engineering), and a deserved reputation as a beautiful place to live.

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  • California's Bay Area: Astride the World

    California’s Bay Area, a region that stretches northward from Silicon Valley (San Jose, Palo Alto, and environs) to San Francisco and Oakland, is the world’s premier technology hub. By almost every imaginable metric, the Bay Area is ahead of every other hub in the world, often by a large margin. The region, Bay Area interlocutors told us, “is its own center of gravity” with “an ecosystem to dream about.” There are few reasons to be concerned about the region’s staying power in the foreseeable future, and indeed there is no reason to believe that it will fall from first place in the near term. Yet, over the longer run, the Bay Area will face stiffer headwinds, some of its own making.
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  • Engelke Quoted by the BBC on Global Water Security


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  • Keeping America’s Innovative Edge

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    Keeping America’s Innovative Edgelays out a strategic framework for how the United States can reinvigorate its innovative edge. As global competition in the tech space increases, this comprehensive roadmap comes at a critical time for the country. The report includes detailed policy recommendations spanning a wide range of key areas: research and development, emerging technologies, national security, education, skills training, diversity and inclusion, intellectual property, and more. Based on research conducted on-the-ground in US tech hubs, this in-depth study is relevant to stakeholders across federal, state, and local governments; scientists, engineers, and lab workers; university officials, administrators, and educators; and entrepreneurs, business leaders, and venture capitalists.

     

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  • Resilience in International Policy


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  • From the Gulf to the Nile: Water Security in an Arid Region

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    Fresh water is fundamental to human health, social development, peace, and economic growth everywhere in the world. Yet in a great many places, and for a great many people, clean freshwater is scarce. Current trends on both the supply and demand sides strongly suggest that clean freshwater availability will become more challenging in more places in the future. As a result, water will become even more important than it currently is in contributing to the degradation of social, political, and economic systems in troubled countries around the world. Nowhere are these dynamics more evident or more important than in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), where population growth and water scarcity threaten acute impacts in the years to come. An unreliable water supply can act as an important catalyst for instability, especially when present alongside other sources of discontent and unrest (such as ethnic, religious, political, or economic stressors).

     

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