Water And International Relations In The Euphrates-Tigris Basin: How To Avoid An Inevitable Conflict?

by Dr. Sameh W. Al-Muqdadi

Despite the global negative image that potential water conflicts have, statistics show promising records: 295 agreements that were negotiated since 1948. To obtain a strategic agreement that secures sustainable cooperation, strengthening the capacity of negotiation skills and system thinking are key.

Dr. Sameh Al-Muqdadi analyzes possibilities for cooperation and travels with us to the future. He imagines how the region of the Euphrates-Tigris basin would look like in 20 years under two different scenarios. In the first scenario, the riparian countries have reached a strategic agreement, while in the second they have not.

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