Environmental (In)Security in the Middle East

Adriana Seagle • May 15 2019 • Articles
Environmental issues are interlinked with social and political struggles across the region, and water and food security are areas in which countries have common interests.

Interview – Sherri Goodman

E-International Relations • Jan 24 2019 • Features
Sherri Goodman discusses climate change as a national security threat, water security, the Arctic, her career with the US Government and gives her advice to young scholars.

Interview – Houchang Chehabi

E-International Relations • Jul 12 2016 • Features
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?

Strobe Driver • Jun 22 2015 • Articles
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

Ed Atkins • Jun 8 2015 • Articles
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

Erik Ansink • May 19 2015 • Articles
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

Olimar E. Maisonet-Guzman • Nov 1 2011 • Articles
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?

Mesrob Kassemdjian • Nov 19 2010 • Articles
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

Mary Durfee • Nov 12 2008 • Articles
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.

Please Consider Donating

Before you download your free e-book, please consider donating to support open access publishing.

E-IR is an independent non-profit publisher run by an all volunteer team. Your donations allow us to invest in new open access titles and pay our bandwidth bills to ensure we keep our existing titles free to view. Any amount, in any currency, is appreciated. Many thanks!

Donations are voluntary and not required to download the e-book - your link to download is below.


Get our weekly email