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International Water Security: Domestic Threats and Opportunities

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Managing water is a challenging task, particularly in the shared water basins that host more than half of the world's population. National sovereignty and security considerations have long constrained the reasonable, equitable, and sustainable use of international water courses. With democratization and globalization on the rise, domestic actors have an increasingly important role to play in national decisionmaking and traditional foreign policy debates. This change entails new threats but also presents new ...

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Overview

Managing water is a challenging task, particularly in the shared water basins that host more than half of the world's population. National sovereignty and security considerations have long constrained the reasonable, equitable, and sustainable use of international water courses. With democratization and globalization on the rise, domestic actors have an increasingly important role to play in national decisionmaking and traditional foreign policy debates. This change entails new threats but also presents new opportunities for ensuring international water security.

This volume explores both these threats and opportunities. Using case studies, the authors analyze the multifaceted and dynamic nature of the interplay between domestic and international water security. The book examines a range of past, ongoing, and emerging international water disputes from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Well-known cases are revisited from new perspectives while new approaches are suggested as analytical frameworks and practical tools for understanding and coping with emerging security threats.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789280811506
  • Publisher: United Nations University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Nevelina I. Pachova is program associate at the United Nations University's Vice Rectorate in Europe. Mikiyasu Nakayama is professor of the Institute of Environmental Studies at the Graduate School of Frontier Science, University of Tokyo. Libor Jansky is senior academic program officer at the United Nations University's Vice Rectorate in Europe.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: From domestic to international water security Libor Jansky Jansky, Libor Mikiyasu Nakayama Nakayama, Mikiyasu Nevelina I. Pachova Pachova, Nevelina I. 1

Pt. I Treaties and institutions 7

2 The Indus water dispute and its relation with domestic policies Shuntaro Yamamoto Yamamoto, Shuntaro 9

3 Domestic issues in developing international waters in Lesotho: Ensuring water security amidst political instability Naho Mirumachi Mirumachi, Naho 35

4 Domestic drivers of international water security on the Danube Nevelina I. Pachova Pachova, Nevelina I. Libor Jansky Jansky, Libor 61

5 Transboundary cooperation vs. internal ambitions: The role of China and Cambodia in the Mekong region Marko Keskinen Keskinen, Marko Katri Mehtonen Mehtonen, Katri Olli Varis Varis, Olli 79

6 The role of domestic security in the functioning of the Lake Chad Basin Commission Virpi Stucki Stucki, Virpi Madiodio Niasse Niasse, Madiodio 110

Pt. II Emerging security threats 127

7 People's encroachment onto Sudan's Nile banks and its impact on Egypt Mahmoud El Zain Zain, Mahmoud El 129

8 Inter-basin water transfers as a technico-political option: Thai-Burmese projects on the Salween River Bastien Affeltranger Affeltranger, Bastien 161

9 The implications of domestic security policy for international water issues in the context of "virtual" and "real" water: The Aral Sea and Mekong River basins Mikiyasu Nakayama Nakayama, Mikiyasu 180

Pt. III Opportunities for cooperation 193

10 Water governance of the Mekong River Basin and Chinese national problems Kayo Onishi Onishi, Kayo 195

11 Transboundary water issues in the Euphrates-Tigris River Basin: Somemethodological approaches and opportunities for cooperation Aysegul Kibaroglu Kibaroglu, Aysegul Anthi D. Brouma Brouma, Anthi D. Mete Erdem Erdem, Mete 223

12 The politics of security in the Okavango River Basin: From civil war to saving wetlands (1975-2002) - a preliminary security impact assessment Jeroen F. Warner Warner, Jeroen F. Richard Meissner Meissner, Richard 252

Pt. IV Conclusions 287

13 National sovereignty and human security: Changing realities and concepts in international water management Nevelina I. Pachova Pachova, Nevelina I. Mikiyasu Nakayama Nakayama, Mikiyasu Libor Jansky Jansky, Libor 289

Index 296

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