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Rivers of Fire

The Conflict over Water in the Middle East
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ISBN-13:
9781461642145
Seiten:
320
Autor:
Arnon Soffer
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

In a never-ending battle to match population growth with food and energy production, the countries of the Middle East have been frenziedly developing water resources without considering their neighbors' needs. The inevitable result has been more frequent and increasingly bitter conflicts. At the same time, a halting Arab-Israeli peace process continues. Are we indeed entering a new era in a new Middle East? Focusing on international rivers and ground water, this timely study provides thoughtful_if pessimistic_answers to this question. Examining each water source in the Middle East, Soffer also weighs the implications of going to war over water and such unconventional solutions to the water shortage as desalination and importation.
In a never-ending battle to match population growth with food and energy production, the countries of the Middle East have been frenziedly developing water resources, including international rivers and groundwate, without considering their neighbors' needs. The inevitable result has been more frequent and increasingly bitter conflicts. At the same time, a halting Arab-Israeli peace process spurred by the collapse of the Soviet Union continues. Are we indeed entering a new era in a new Middle East? Do the region's leaders understand that reality has changed and that a transition is inevitable? Focusing on international rivers and ground water in the region, this timely study provides thoughtful_if pessimistic_answers to these questions. Encompassing all water sources in the Middle East, Arnon Soffer thoroughly explores the Nile, Tigris, Euphrates, Jordan, Orontes, and Litani Rivers, as well as international groundwater. He also weighs the implications of going to war over water and such unconventional solutions to the water shortage as desalination and importation.
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 International Rivers

Chapter 3 The Nile Basin

Chapter 4 Geopolitics of the Euphrates and Tigris Drainage Basin

Chapter 5 The Jordan-Yarmuk Basin: Conflict over Little Water

Chapter 6 The Orontes River as a Geopolitical Problem

Chapter 7 "Internationalized" Water Sources: The Litani River

Chapter 8 International Groundwater Conflicts in the Making

Chapter 9 Nonconventional Solutions to the Problem of Water Shortages in the Middle East

Chapter 10 Conclusion

Chapter 11 Appendix: Metric Conversion Table

Chapter 12 References

Chapter 13 Index