Shafik Islam is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Professor of Water Diplomacy at the Fletcher School. He is Director of the Water Diplomacy Program and Director of Data-Driven Decision Making @ Tufts. His research group works on the availability, access, and allocation of water within the context of climate challenges, health, data-driven decision-making, and diplomacy. His research and practice have been featured in numerous media outlets including the BBC World Service, Voice of America, Boston Globe, Huffington Post, Nature, and Yale E360. On this departure, Professor Islam will discuss how water has shaped the culture, policy, and politics of one of the most contentious regions of the world. He’ll explore with you how a principled pragmatic approach can help address some of the emergent problems from this region.