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The Omnivore’s Security Dilemma: The International Politics of Food and Water



Dr. Amy Krakowa
Associate Professor of Geography at the United States Military Academy
Amy Krakowka applies her skills to understanding the interactions between environmental resources and human populations.  Specifically, she investigates how environmental stress may play an expanding role in future conflicts because the economic well-being of about one-half of the world’s population is tied directly to the land, and projected population growth and climate change threaten to increase the strains on these populations.  Her research uses statistical models, GIS, remote sensing data, and economic data.  She is the editor of the book “Understanding Africa: A Geographic Approach”, and often presents papers at national conferences. Recent work published in academic journals is about modeling environmental security in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Her current research on Sub-Saharan Africa highlights water access, supply, and cleanliness as central components to state stability, the promotion of peace and human rights, and African economic development.  Research includes watersheds, resource management, and conservation from national, transnational and international perspectives.  This comprehensive approach has the complimentary success in addressing a specific vulnerable region in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as providing a template for the continued comparative analysis of water insecurity in other parts of Africa and beyond.  She is also the winner of the 2013 best paper award for her work about Geography Education in the Journal of Geography.  
Mr. David Bargueno
Foreign Affairs Officer and Presidential Management Fellow in the Secretary's Office of Global Food Security at the U.S. Department of State
David Bargueno is a foreign affairs officer and Presidential Management Fellow in the Secretary’s Office of Global Food Security at the U.S. Department of State. His portfolio covers the $3.5 billion U.S. global food security initiative, Feed the Future, and he is responsible for strategic partnerships with emerging markets. He recently completed a rotation in the Office of Sustainable Development in the USAID Africa Bureau, where he evaluated grant proposals for LGBT and women’s empowerment initiatives and managed the office’s $7.5 million budget.
Before joining the government, David conducted extensive quantitative and qualitative fieldwork in Portugal, England, Namibia, and South Africa. His research and news analysis has been published in a variety of outlets, including: Canal 5 France TV; Mail & Guardian newspaper; Thinker Magazine; Journal of Contemporary African Studies; Journal of Southern African Studies; Journal of North African Studies; Journal of Namibian Studies; South African Historical Journal; and Journal of Language, Identity, and Education. He has also presented his writing on social policy to diverse audiences, ranging from the Office of the Premier of the Western Cape in South Africa, to teachers at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya.
David earned an M.A. from the Council on African Studies at Yale University, where he served on the editorial board of the Yale Journal of International Affairs. He received a B.A. with high honors from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, where he volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and was recognized as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. Spanish and English were his first languages, and he is proficient in Zulu, Portuguese, and French.