SOAS University of London

Conflicting Waters in the Middle East: An Overview of the Hydropolitical Stakes

Dr François Boëdec, Facultés jésuites de Paris

Date: 3 December 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 3 December 2014Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G3

Type of Event: Seminar

The political situation in the Middle East is as dramatic as it is complex. And the multiform outburst of violence seems to have dissipated any hope of stability, and made even more hypothetical the conditions necessary for the peaceful regulation of the crucial issues. Causes of tension are numerous in the region. Even if it is not the main and the most important, the issue of water resource control remains a specific challenge. Focusing on the three main river valleys (Nile, Tigris/Euphrates and the Jordan River), it may be useful to make a brief presentation of the regional hydropolitical conflicts, sometimes old, in the light of current events. The control of the springs of the Jordan River, disputed by Israel, Syria and Lebanon, is just one of these conflicts which will be considered.

François Boëdec holds a political science doctorate (Paris I – Sorbonne). He is an Associated researcher to the Modern Arab World Research Center of Beirut. For several years, as a visiting professor, he has taught the elements of hydropolitical conflicts at St Joseph University of Beirut (Lebanon).

Organiser: LEDC

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