The Political and Cultural Dimensions of Water Diplomacy in the Middle East

TitleThe Political and Cultural Dimensions of Water Diplomacy in the Middle East
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsCahan, J, Susskind, L
Book TitleWater Security in the Middle East Essays in Scientific and Social Cooperation
Chapter8
PublisherAnthem Press
ISBN9781783085668
Abstract

Water Security in the Middle East explores the extent and nature of water security problems in transboundary water systems in the Middle East. This collection of essays discusses the political and scientific contexts and the limitations of cooperation in water security. The contributors argue that while conflicts over transboundary water systems in the Middle East do occur, they tend not to be violent nor have they ever been the primary cause of a war in this region.

The authors place water disputes in larger political, historical and scientific contexts and discuss how the humanities and social sciences could contribute more towards this understanding. They also contend that international sharing of scientific and technological advances can significantly increase access to water and improve water quality. While scientific advances can and should increase adaptability to changing environmental conditions, especially climate change, national institutional reform and the strengthening of joint commissions are vital. The contributors indicate ways in which transboundary cooperation may move from simple and intermittent coordination to sophisticated, adaptive and equitable modes of water management.