Crystal Unclear: The Challenges of Water Politics in the Middle East

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The Challenges of Water Politics in the Middle East




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Description: Middle eastern countries have had to divide water sources while ignoring all political boundaries, which has generated a great deal of hostility. Although cooperation of the riparian states is crucial in settling water conflicts in the Middle east, inequalities among the involved states render successful cooperation a difficult process, especially when the countries are left to their own accord. Four individual inequality types amongst riparian countries -- geography, resources, economy and military capacity -- have kept fair water-sharing agreements from becoming a political reality. Geographic location affects more than just the political positions of the riparian states. Inequalities in economic positions among the riparian states produce fundamentally different qualities of regional development. All four categories of inequality render cooperation unlikely by creating an imbalance of power between the superior state and the inferior states. Water will always remain an issue in the arid Middle east. Therefore, a plan for cooperation and fair division of the limited supply of water is crucial.
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