Cooperating Rivals: The Riparian Politics of the Jordan River Basin

Cooperating Rivals: The Riparian Politics of the Jordan River Basin

by Jeffrey K. Sosland

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Overview

Examines cooperation and conflict over water in the Middle East.

This book examines the politics of water scarcity in the Middle East’s Jordan River Basin (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority) between 1920 and 2006. Jeffrey K. Sosland demonstrates that while water scarcity might generate political tension, it does not by itself precipitate war, nor is it likely to do so. At the same time, efforts to promote water cooperation, such as those initiated by the United States, have an identifiable political benefit by creating rules, building confidence, and reducing tensions among adversaries. Sosland concludes that while this alone might not resolve the overall conflict, it does create positive long-term value in achieving peace.

Jeffrey K. Sosland is Assistant Professor of International Business and Trade at American University.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791479575
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 02/01/2012
Series: SUNY series in Global Politics
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 310
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jeffrey K. Sosland is Assistant Professor of International Business and Trade at American University.

Table of Contents

List of Maps,Tables and Figures
Preface

1. Introduction

2. State-Building and Water Development, 1920–1956

3. Water Development and Conflict, 1957–1967

4. The Yarmouk, 1967–1994

5. The West Bank and Gaza, 1948–1992

6. The 1990s Madrid Peace Process and After, 1991–2006

7. Conclusion

Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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