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The Politics of Water Scarcity : An Analysis of the Israeli-Jordanian Hydropolitical Relationship

Deceuninck, Fauke

Titre : The Politics of Water Scarcity : An Analysis of the Israeli-Jordanian Hydropolitical Relationship

Auteur : Deceuninck, Fauke

Université de soutenance : Universiteit Leiden

Grade : Middle Eastern Studies Master’s Thesis 2022

Résumé
This research seeks to analyze the current hydropolitical relationship between Israel and Jordan in the light of the Declaration of Intent, agreed upon in November 2021. The agreement entails a collaboration between the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the State of Israel and the United Arab Emirates on water and energy issues. While the literature on hydropolitics has mainly focused on the connection between water scarcity on the one hand, and conflict or cooperation, on the other, this study moves beyond this dichotomy by applying a mixed method of environmental peacebuilding and hydro-hegemony to the case-study. Built on theoretical analysis and including historical aspects, the international, regional and domestic context as well as the concept of asymmetrical power and discursive power, the research looks beyond elite interests and traditional theories of international relations. While the analysis identifies the envisaged cooperation from the water-for-energy deal as a form of technical environmental cooperation, the findings also stress the ambiguity in Jordan’s behavior and the underlying dynamics of power asymmetry, reinforced by the role of external actors and the use of dominant discourses

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