Water, Peace, and War: Confronting the Global Water Crisisby Brahma Chellaney
This pioneering and authoritative study considers the profound impact of the growing worldwide water crunch on international peace and security, as well as possible ways to mitigate the crisis. Although water is essential to sustaining life and livelihoods, geostrategist Brahma Chellaney argues that it remains the globe’s most underappreciated and undervalued resource. One sobering fact is that the retail price of bottled water is already higher than the international spot price of crude oil. But unlike oil, water has no substitute, raising the specter of water becoming the next flashpoint for conflict.
Water war as a concept may not mesh with the conventional construct of warfare, especially for those who plan with tanks, combat planes, and attack submarines as weapons. Yet armies don’t necessarily have to march to battle to seize or defend water resources. Water wars—in a political, diplomatic, or economic sense—are already being waged between riparian neighbors in many parts of the world, fueling cycles of bitter recrimination, exacerbating water challenges, and fostering mistrust that impedes broader regional cooperation and integration. The danger is that these water wars could escalate to armed conflict or further limit already stretched food and energy production.
Writing in a direct, non-technical, and engaging style, Brahma Chellaney draws on a wide range of research from scientific and policy fields to examine the different global linkages between water and peace. Offering a holistic picture and integrated solutions, his book promises to become the recognized authority on the most precious natural resource of this century and how we can secure humankind’s water future.
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Meet the Author
Brahma Chellaney is professor of strategic studies at the Center for Policy Research, New Delhi, and fellow of the Nobel Institute, Oslo. His books include Asian Juggernaut: The Rise of China, India, and Japan and Water: Asia’s New Battleground, winner of the 2012 Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Book Award.
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A formidable, interdisciplinary book written in an easy-to-read yet powerful style. It lucidly analyzes complex issues to present a holistic picture of the water-resource challenge the world faces. More important, it offers potential solutions to the global water crisis.
A crisp analysis with penetrating insights.
Brahma Chellaney’s last book, Water: Asia’s New Battleground, won the 2012 Bernard Schwartz Award for its pioneering research. This new book also promises to be a trailblazing volume. This riveting guide to a pressing international challenge is thematically structured, with each chapter focused on a key theme. It begins with an overview of the sharpening international competition over natural resources before concentrating on the water-related issues. The author’s style is lucid, compelling, and sophisticated. Blending materials from natural and social sciences, the book offers policy and investment recommendations on how to mitigate the water crisis. It is a must-read for investors, policymakers, scholars and university students.