n Conflict Trends - Water, a threat of war or an opportunity for peace?

Volume 2000, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Extracted from text ... 18 he average person associates water with images of gurgling mountain streams or lazy days on the beach, but one rarely associates water with war or complex political interplay and brinkmanship at the highest level. As water is critical to humanities basic survival, it has become highly politically charged and a pressing challenge to national security - a challenge that is not sim- ple. Rivers ignore political boundaries, with an estimated 268 rivers flowing across international borders. They defy fairness in their allocation throughout the world. Less than ten countries pos- sess about 60% of the globe's accessible freshwater resources, leaving others without. A good example is Botswana, where only 6% of its water originates within its ..

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