302 pages, Illus, figs, tabs, maps
In a never-ending battle to match population growth with food and energy production, the countries of the Middle East have been frenziedly developing water resources without considering their neighbors' needs. The inevitable result has been more frequent and increasingly bitter conflicts. At the same time, a halting Arab-Israeli peace process continues. Are we indeed entering a new era in a new Middle East? Focusing on international rivers and ground water, this timely study provides thoughtful-if pessimistic-answers to this question. Examining each water source in the Middle East, Soffer also weighs the implications of going to war over water and such unconventional solutions to the water shortage as desalination and importation.
Highlights the complexity of water issues in the region . . . provides a useful introduction to the elements of water scarcity that mark, and will continue to shape, the Middle East, whatever the political and environmental fortunes of the region may be.--Shaul Cohen "Middle East Journal "
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