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Water Dispute at U.S.-Mexican Border

October 21, 2020

Episode Notes:

Last week, the New York Times reported that armed farmers in northern Mexico had taken over a dam being guarded by Mexican soldiers. The government was sending water from the dam to Texas, leaving the farmers with almost nothing for their crops. The dispute highlights the tensions over water at the border, and could foreshadow similar disputes in the years ahead due to climate change.

Vanda Felbab-Brown joins the Warcast to discuss the water dispute between the United States and Mexico. Dr. Felbab-Brown is a senior fellow in the Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings.


[ 01:05 ] What is the nature of the U.S.-Mexican water dispute?

[ 05:36 ] Why has the Mexican president sided taken such an accommodative approach toward the United States on this issue?

[ 08:14 ] To what extent has the U.S. border wall affected the water dispute?

[ 10:22 ] How will climate change affect water issues along the border?

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