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Power and Water in The Middle East - the hidden politics of the Palestinian-Israeli water conflict

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Mark Zeitoun
I B Tauris (30 March 2008)

Power and Water in the Middle East provides a powerful new perspective on the Palestinian-Israeli water conflict. Adopting a new approach to understanding water conflict - hydro-hegemony - the author shows the conflict to be much more deeply entrenched than previously thought and reveals how existing tactics to control water are leading away from peace and towards continued domination and a squandering of this vital resource.

Existing approaches tend to play down the negative effects of non-violent water conflict, and what is presented as co-operation between countries often hides an underlying state of conflict between them. The new analytical framework of hydro-hegemony exposes the hidden dynamics of water conflict around the world and yields critical insights in to the Middle East water problem. This important work will interest researchers, professionals and policy makers involved with the politics of the Middle East and with water conflict more generally.

Dr Mark Zeitoun is a research fellow in the Geography and Environment department at LSE.

Reviews

"Mark Zeitoun presents original data and careful use of theory to revisit the issue of the disputed waters of the Jordan River basin. He concludes that power, not riparian position in the basin, determines the outcome of water conflict. Power also determines the accepted or dominant discourse about the conflict. Neither point may be entirely surprising, but their truth, in Zeitoun's hands, is crisply analysed and convincingly substantiated".
John Waterbury, American University of Beirut

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