The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region faces a myriad of security concerns, including transnational terrorism, fundamentalism, illicit arms trades, and proliferation of WMDs. Patterns of development, violence, forced migration, and effects of climate change in MENA are but some of the factors pushing the issue of water and hydro politics on to states’ national security agenda. This course focuses on the conceptual framework, theories and empirical evidence linking this vital natural resource to matters of security, conflict and cooperation in MENA. Domestic and trans-boundary water issues, international water resource problems, water provision and water diversion policies, in addition to water management will be discussed through a number of case studies including: Jordan, Yemen, Egypt, Israel, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
This course is cross referenced with: Rutgers Global Health Institute