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Water Politics In The Middle East A Multicase Approach To Regional Water Shortage

Mulholland Holly

Titre : Water Politics In The Middle East A Multicase Approach To Regional Water Shortage

Auteur : Mulholland Holly

Université de soutenance : University of Central Florida

Grade : Master of Arts (M.A.) 2011

Résumé
Water shortage is a salient issue in the Middle East commonly overshadowed by more sensational topics such as the oil crisis and the Arab-Israeli Conflict. There is a debate among scholars as to whether water shortages in the Middle East will destabilize the region into armed conflict. Realists argue that non sustainable water sources will be the catalyst which will inevitably lead states to fight one another in a zero-sum game over limited water resources. Liberal Functionalists argue that there are precedents for multilateral cooperation and a technical approach may hold the key to providing solutions to the current water crisis. This research will examine three case studies from the Middle East region : the Jordan River Basin, the Tigris and Euphrates River Basin, and the Disi Aquifer on the border of Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Limited to a specific geographic region, these cases are indicative of water shortages that have or will become potential geostrategic centers for the water crisis.

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