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Could Water Bring Peace to the Middle East?

October 30, 2009
Calm waves roll to the shore on a relaxing beach day.

Calm waves roll to the shore on a relaxing beach day.

Yes, you read the title correctly. Although water scarcity is a huge problem in the Middle East, it does not necessarily have to be something that divides Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and others. We are all in agreement that water is a source of life and that without it we cannot survive. So is it possible that this can turn into a project that can, if not unite us, ameliorate the tensions in the Middle East? Could it at least be a stepping stone in the right direction?

The idea of hydro-diplomacy in the Middle East has been introduced along with the idea that a single, multinational water authority should manage the water of the Jordan River Basin. Even though these are just ideas in the making, perhaps with the development of this type of thinking we could one day achieve an ultimate goal of peace.

For more information on hydro-diplomacy, check out this article from The Daily Star.

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  1. mikelowrey permalink
    October 30, 2009 11:16 am

    Good point, I think that a start towards this water solution would be getting Turkey to stop plans to build another dam which would further dry out the Euphrates.

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