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Analysis for Water Conflict Transformation

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Mark Zeitoun, Naho Mirumachi, Jeroen Warner, Matthew Kirkegaard, Ana Elisa Lopes Ferreira Cascao

Original languageEnglish
Early online date24 May 2019
Accepted/In press12 Feb 2019
E-pub ahead of print24 May 2019


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This article proposes and fleshes out an analytical method designed to support efforts to transform inequitable and unsustainable transboundary water arrangements. Such ‘transformative analysis’ leverages socio-ecological thinking to critically evaluate the processes that have established and maintain an arrangement, including hydro-diplomacy itself. Transformative analysis facilitates the interpretation of strategies to deflect transformation, identification of destructive forms of cooperation, and strategic classification of opportunities for transformation. The assertions are premised on an understanding of the particularities of water conflict, and followed by a discussion of ways researchers may overcome the challenges inherent in the method.

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