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Water, peace, and war : confronting the global water crisis

Author: Brahma Chellaney
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This pioneering and authoritative study considers the profound impact of the growing worldwide water stress on international peace and security, as well as possible ways to mitigate the crisis. Although water is essential to sustaining life and livelihoods, the author argues that it remains the globe's most under-appreciated and undervalued resource. One sobering fact is that the retail price of bottled water is  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brahma Chellaney
ISBN: 9781442221390 1442221399 1442221402
OCLC Number: 816030346
Description: xxiv, 400 pages : illustations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Our most precious resource under threat --
The specter of water wars --
The power of water --
The future of water --
Changing water cooperation, competition, and conflict --
Shaping water for peace and profit --
Appendix A : Web links to international water norms --
Appendix B : Genuine intercountry water-sharing agreements currently in effect.
Responsibility: Brahma Chellaney.

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This pioneering and authoritative study considers the profound impact of the growing worldwide water stress on international peace and security, as well as possible ways to mitigate the crisis. Although water is essential to sustaining life and livelihoods, the author argues that it remains the globe's most under-appreciated and undervalued resource. One sobering fact is that the retail price of bottled water is already higher than the international spot price of crude oil. But unlike oil, water has no substitute, raising the specter of water becoming the next flashpoint for conflict. Water war as a concept may not mesh with the conventional construct of warfare, especially for those who plan with tanks, combat planes, and attack submarines as weapons. Yet armies don't necessarily have to march to battle to seize or defend water resources. Water wars--in a political, diplomatic, or economic sense--are already being waged between riparian neighbors in many parts of the world, fueling cycles of bitter recrimination, exacerbating water challenges, and fostering mistrust that impedes broader regional cooperation and integration. The danger is that these water wars could escalate to armed conflict or further limit already stretched food and energy production.

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