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Cooperating Rivals
The Riparian Politics of the Jordan River Basin
Cooperating Rivals
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Jeffrey K. Sosland - Author
SUNY series in Global Politics
Price: $80.00 
Hardcover - 310 pages
Release Date: August 2007
ISBN10: 0-7914-7201-9
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-7201-9

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Paperback - 310 pages
Release Date: June 2008
ISBN10: 0-7914-7202-7
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-7202-6

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Examines cooperation and conflict over water in the Middle East.

This book examines the politics of water scarcity in the Middle East’s Jordan River Basin (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority) between 1920 and 2006. Jeffrey K. Sosland demonstrates that while water scarcity might generate political tension, it does not by itself precipitate war, nor is it likely to do so. At the same time, efforts to promote water cooperation, such as those initiated by the United States, have an identifiable political benefit by creating rules, building confidence, and reducing tensions among adversaries. Sosland concludes that while this alone might not resolve the overall conflict, it does create positive long-term value in achieving peace.

“…detailed, well-documented account.” — CHOICE

 “Cooperating Rivals is by far the most detailed and profound analysis of the complex geopolitical, political, and hydrological interrelationships between countries and their leaders on the Jordan River Basin.” — Hillel Shuval, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

“I especially like Sosland’s ability to pull together and weave into one coherent narrative all of the relevant information on this complicated subject. This includes not only technical hydrological data, but also the political and economic concerns of the various state parties and political groups such as the PLO, and the relationship of water issues to improving or harming the chances for a peaceful solution of the various Arab-Israel disputes.” — George E. Gruen, Columbia University

Jeffrey K. Sosland is Assistant Professor of International Business and Trade at American University.


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Table of Contents

List of Maps,Tables and Figures
Preface

1. Introduction

2. State-Building and Water Development, 1920–1956

3. Water Development and Conflict, 1957–1967

4. The Yarmouk, 1967–1994

5. The West Bank and Gaza, 1948–1992

6. The 1990s Madrid Peace Process and After, 1991–2006

7. Conclusion

Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index


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