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"Beyond conflict and cooperation : hydropolitics in the Nile Basin"

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"Beyond conflict and cooperation : hydropolitics in the Nile Basin"

Pittman, Kristin (2004) "Beyond conflict and cooperation : hydropolitics in the Nile Basin". Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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The field of hydropolitics has recently garnered the interest of a variety of scholars and practitioners to become the main axis of reflection and discussion for those involved in the sharing of scarce water sources. Yet, in spite of the rather all-encompassing nature of the term hydropolitics, the field has from the very beginning been circumscribed to the international level of analysis and has rarely dared to enter into the realm of national water management. Much of the hydropolitical literature centers on whether states will indeed truly be inclined to go to war over water resources. Faced with the extraordinary challenge of fostering a peaceful solution between suspicious states, scholars and politicians alike have been too eager to equate the ratification of a durable water sharing agreement with what ought to be the ultimate goal of hydropolitics: ensuring that scarce water resources are managed in such a way as to maximize the general welfare of the populations sharing these resources and particularly for those individuals for which the lack of water represents either a threat to their lives or to their basic human development. This thesis proposes a redefinition of the scope of hydropolitics. The case study of the Nile Basin constitutes the practical basis in which to anchor our reflection and demonstrates the need for a new definition.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Political Science
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Pittman, Kristin
Pagination:vii, 130 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Political Science
Date:2004
Thesis Supervisor(s):Stoett, Peter
ID Code:8053
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 14:14
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 14:14
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