Water in the Middle East: Cooperation and Technological Solutions in the Jordan Valley

Water in the Middle East: Cooperation and Technological Solutions in the Jordan Valley

by K David Hambright, F. Jamil Ragep
     
 

Scarcity of water is a problem in many areas around the world. In this sense the Middle East which suffers from frequent droughts and a shortage of potable water, is not unique. However, when political disagreements among states combine with issues of fair and equitable access to common water resources, the problems associated with water scarcity seem intractable.

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Overview

Scarcity of water is a problem in many areas around the world. In this sense the Middle East which suffers from frequent droughts and a shortage of potable water, is not unique. However, when political disagreements among states combine with issues of fair and equitable access to common water resources, the problems associated with water scarcity seem intractable. In this sense the Middle East, and particularly the Jordan River Valley, is indeed unique.

This enlightening book brings together the insights of scholars from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and the United States who employ a broad range of perspectives and disciplines–engineering, agronomy, biology, economics, history, geography, and political science–to examine the significance of water in Middle East conflicts. These contributors do not offer facile remedies. Rather they show that any solution must be achieved within a political and social framework of peace, enlightened economic policies, and technical measures that take due account of environmental conditions.

This volume is the result of the conference "Water in the Jordan Valley," sponsored by the Center for Peace Studies, a division of the International Programs Center at the University of Oklahoma.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806137582
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
01/16/2006
Series:
Intennational and Security Affairs Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

K. David Hambright is Assistant Professor of Zoology at the University of Oklahoma Biological Station and Department of Zoology, as well as Adjunct Research Scientist at the Yigal Allon Kinneret Limnological Laboratory, Israel.

F. Jamil Ragep is Professor of the History of Science and former Coordinator of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

Joseph Ginat is Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Middle East societies and Deputy Director of the Center for Peace Studies, International Programs Center, University of Oklahoma.

His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal chairs a wide number of international and Jordanian committees and organizations.

A Rhodes Scholar, David Boren is President of the University of Oklahoma. A former governor of Oklahoma, he served as U.S. Senator from Oklahoma from 1979 to 1994 and chaired the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from 1987 to 1993.

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