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Interview – Houchang Chehabi

Interview – Houchang Chehabi

Houchang Chehabi elaborates on why Iran’s single biggest crisis is its drought, its impact on agricultural centers, as well as its implications on geopolitics.

‘Oil Then,’ ‘Water Now’: Another Reason for War in the 21st Century?

‘Oil Then,’ ‘Water Now’: Another Reason for War in the 21st Century?

Water has now become a most sought after commodity, one that countries have displayed a renewed interest in and with an increasing amount of threat-of-force.

The Search for Water Wars: Looking beyond the State

The Search for Water Wars: Looking beyond the State

The reallocation of water regularly leads to a redistribution of the benefits that it provides, provoking community action. It is here we find our debated water wars.

Axiomatic Solutions to Transboundary River Conflicts

Axiomatic Solutions to Transboundary River Conflicts

Axioms relate to variability and uncertainty of river flow, the main drivers for countries’ defection from agreements or choice for non-cooperation in the first place

Avoiding a Zero-Sum Water-Energy End Game: Bring It to Rio+20

Avoiding a Zero-Sum Water-Energy End Game: Bring It to Rio+20

It seems that there is an inverse relationship between water and energy security, but is this scenario real or imagined? Although it is only one step, the incorporation of the water-energy nexus into the Rio+20 agenda would help to improve our understanding of sustainability.

Water Insecurity in the Middle East: a Cause for Conflict or Cooperation?

Water Insecurity in the Middle East: a Cause for Conflict or Cooperation?

The Middle East is a very complex region with many factors causing states to enter into violent and intractable conflicts. The region has been adversely affected by climate change. This has led to the entire Middle East becoming dryer, thus meaning that water volumes, be it in aquifers or river basins, are declining. Therefore, water scarcity is steadily affecting food supply.

Water and Cooperation

Water and Cooperation

Recent news in June 2008 that a Japanese firm has prototyped a car that runs on the reaction between metal hydride and water, did not cause joy in my heart. I was delighted to learn it was not really true. Like the rush to biofuels based on plants people eat, putting even small amounts of water into a car only bodes ill for the environment and human rights ahead. Meanwhile, climate change offers too much fresh water here, too little there, or too saline yet other there. Sorting out the public health/human rights of water from the ecological issues will be a stern challenge for politics at all levels of governance.

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