Fears Of Water Shortages In Africa And The Middle East May Lead To Unrest And Wars
Water Shortages Could Trigger Mideast Unrest -- Voice of America
Water is a scarce resource in the desert regions of the Middle East. Though disputes over water have come close to triggering wars between nations of the region in the past, diplomats intervened to keep tensions to a minimum. Now a new study suggests that, over the next 20 years, water shortages could trigger unrest within national borders instead of between the nations of the Middle East.
In the past, Middle East scholars have often pointed to shared river basins and disputes over underground water rights as causes for potential conflict between nations. That may not be surprising, because 10 of the 15 most water-poor countries in the world are in the region. However, according to a new study by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, limited supplies of underground water within national borders of the Middle East pose a more immediate challenge.
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