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Cooperating Rivals
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. List of Maps, Tables, and Figures
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. 2. State-Building and Water Development, 1920–1956
  2. pp. 19-61
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  1. 3. Water Development and Conflict,1957–1967
  2. pp. 63-92
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  1. 4. The Yarmouk, 1967–1994
  2. pp. 93-140
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  1. 5. The West Bank and Gaza, 1948–1992
  2. pp. 141-158
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  1. 6. The 1990s Madrid Peace Processand After, 1991–2006
  2. pp. 159-200
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  1. 7. Conclusion
  2. pp. 201-212
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 213-275
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 277-284
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 285-293
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  1. SUNY series in Global Politics
  2. pp. 295-298
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