Water conflicts: Analysis for transformation

Mark Zeitoun, Naho Mirumachi, Jeroen Warner

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Water Conflicts applies cutting-edge thinking to identify pathways that can transform complex water conflicts. It challenges existing power-blind and politics-lite analysis that is very deeply-held and recurring in debates that suggest causal links between scarcity and violence-or peace. This book presents a much needed revision of transboundary water analysis, leading to a rethink on the way water is used and contested, with a focus on harm experienced both by the most vulnerable water users and the environment.

Recognizing that conflicts are never static, Mark Zeitoun, Naho Mirumachi, and Jeroen Warner's "transformative analysis" provides multi-disciplinary tools and perspectives to understand and address the complexities involved. The approach is stress-tested through dozens of examples around the globe, and it incorporates collective evidence and knowledge of the London Water Research Group.

The insights on water diplomacy will be most welcome by analysts, activists, diplomats, and all others tackling water conflicts. Seeking to motivate improvement of transboundary water arrangements towards further equity and sustainability as a practical agenda, the book is a fresh antidote to the detached role that researchers and policymakers often play.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York; Oxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages192
ISBN (Electronic)9780190098117
ISBN (Print)9780190864088
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2020


  • Water-supply
  • International cooperation
  • Environmental policy
  • Natural resources
  • Conflict management
  • Water rights


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