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Water in the Middle East: Potential for Conflicts and Prospects for Cooperation / Edition 1
     

Water in the Middle East: Potential for Conflicts and Prospects for Cooperation / Edition 1

by Waltina Scheumann, Manuel Schiffler
 

ISBN-10: 3540640290

ISBN-13: 9783540640295

Pub. Date: 06/19/1998

Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg

In the 1980s, scientists, politicians and journalists frequently emphasized, particularly on the Jordan, Euphrates and Nile Rivers, that conflicts over shared water resources would lead to "water wars". A closer analysis shows that non-water issues have played the major role when conflicts in the region became heated, with the water issue being politically

Overview

In the 1980s, scientists, politicians and journalists frequently emphasized, particularly on the Jordan, Euphrates and Nile Rivers, that conflicts over shared water resources would lead to "water wars". A closer analysis shows that non-water issues have played the major role when conflicts in the region became heated, with the water issue being politically implemented. However, the unregulated and unequitable access to international rivers and the unilateral development of irrigated agriculture add to already high political tensions. The authors reveal that multilateral agreements over shared waters are a realistic option even in politically strained situations, if the expected costs of non-agreement are perceived as too high. If cooperation is beneficial to all Middle East nation states, it is easier to shift from overemphasis on national sovereignty to the concept of restricted national sovereignty and integrity which corresponds to international law.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783540640295
Publisher:
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date:
06/19/1998
Edition description:
1998
Pages:
191
Product dimensions:
9.21(w) x 6.14(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

1 International Water Law: Regulations for Cooperation and the Discussion of the International Water Convention.- 2 International Water Agreements: A Comparative View.- 3 The Middle East Peace Process: Obstacles to Cooperation over Shared Waters.- 4 Transboundary Externalities and Regional Integration.- 5 Contested Waters: Dividing or Sharing?.- 6 The Jordan River Basin: Prospects for Cooperation Within the Middle East Peace Process?.- 7 Conflicts on the Euphrates: An Analysis of Water and Non-water Issues.

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