Navigating Peace: Water, Conflict, and Cooperation

A series of policy briefs examines how water can contribute to cooperation between states, while addressing water's role in conflict within states. The briefs offer policy recommendations for using water resources management to head off conflict and to support sustainable peace among countries. All briefs are available in French, and two are available in Portuguese.

Issues in this Series

Water Can Be a Pathway to Peace, Not War (No. 1)

Aaron Wolf, Annika Kramer, Alexander Carius, and Geoffrey D. Dabelko
By coming together to jointly manage shared water resources, countries can build trust and prevent conflict.

L'eau peut etre un chemin vers la paix, et non vers la guerre (No. 1)

Aaron Wolf, Annika Kramer, Alexander Carius, and Geoffrey D. Dabelko
En s’alliant pour gérer conjointement leurs ressources partagées en eau, les pays peuvent construire une relation de confiance et éviter les conflits.

The Challenges of Groundwater in Southern Africa (No. 2)

Anthony Turton, Jude Cobbing, Marian Patrick, and Frédéric Julien
Southern Africa faces potentially severe groundwater shortages, which not only imperil the lives of those directly dependent on it, but also the continued development of the region's economies.

Les defis de l'eau souterraine en Afrique australe (No. 2)

Anthony Turton, Marian Patrick, Jude Cobbing, and Frédéric Julien
L’Afrique australe est confrontée à des pénuries d’eau souterraine potentiellement graves, qui mettent en péril non seulement la vie de ceux qui en dépendent directement, mais aussi le développement continu des moteurs économiques de la région.

Os desafios da agua subterranea na Africa austral (No. 2)

Anthony Turton, Jude Cobbing, Marian Patrick, and Frédéric Julien
A África Austral enfrenta potenciais graves faltas de água subterrânea, que não só colocam em perigo as vidas daqueles que dependem directamente dela, mas também o desenvolvimento continuado dos motores económicos da região.

The New Face of Water Conflict (No. 3)

Ken Conca
Amid the talk of looming “water wars,” a less dramatic—but more immediate—link between water and violence is often ignored: the violence engendered by poor governance of water resources, says Ken Conca.

Le nouveau visage des conflits a propos de l'eau (No. 3)

Ken Conca
Au milieu des discussions sur les menaces de « guerres de l’eau », un lien moins dramatique mais plus immédiat entre l’eau et la violence est souvent ignoré : la violence engendrée par la mauvaise gouvernance des ressources en eau.

A nova face do conflito da agua (No. 3)

Ken Conca
Entre todas as conversas de “guerras de água” iminentes, uma ligação menos dramática—mas mais imediata—entre a água e a violência é frequentemente ignorada: a violência desencadeada pela fraca governança dos recursos hídricos.

Water, Conflict, and Cooperation: Lessons From the Nile River Basin (No. 4)

Patricia Kameri-Mbote
Patricia Kameri-Mbote examines the context of the Nile River basin and the relationships forged among the states that share its waters.

Eau, conflits et cooperation: Lecons tirees de l'experience du bassin fluvial du Nil (No. 4)

Patricia Kameri-Mbote
Patricia Kameri-Mbote examine le contexte du bassin fluvial du Nil et les relations établies entre les états qui partagent ces eaux.

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