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Complexity of Transboundary Water Conflicts

Complexity of Transboundary Water Conflicts

Enabling Conditions for Negotiating Contingent Resolutions

Edited by Enamul Choudhury & Shafiqul Islam, Foreword by Lawrence Susskind

‘Transboundary Water Management as a Complex Problem’ seeks to understand transboundary water issues as complex systems with contingent conditions and possibilities. To address those conditions and leverage the possibilities it introduces the concept of enabling conditions as a pragmatic way to identify and act on the emergent possibilities to resolve transboundary water issues.

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About This Book

‘Transboundary Water Management as a Complex Problem’seeks to understand transboundary water governance as complex systems with contingent conditions and possibilities. To address those conditions and leverage the possibilities it introduces the concept of enabling conditions as a pragmatic way to identify and act on the emergent possibilities to resolve transboundary water issues.

Based on this theoretical frame, the book applies ideas and tools from complexity science, contingency and enabling conditions to account for events in the formulation of treaties/agreements between disputing riparian states in river basins across the world (Indus, Jordan, Nile, Ganges, Brahmaputra, Colorado, Danube, Senegal and Zayandehrud). It also includes a section on scholars’ reflections on the relevance and weakness of the theoretical framework.

The book goes beyond the conventional use of the terms ‘complexity’, ‘contingency’ and ‘enabling conditions’ and anchors them in their theoretical foundations. The argument distinguishes itself from the conventional meaning and usage of the terms of necessary and sufficient conditions in causal explanations. The book’s focus is to identify conditions that set the stage to move from the world of seemingly infinite possibilities to actionable reality. Three enabling conditions – active recognition of interdependence, mutual value creation through negotiation and adaptive governance through learning – are identified and explored for their meaning and function in specific transboundary water disputes.

Reviews

“It is common to assert that context matters when addressing complex water problems. But, less has been done on discussing why and how it matters. Here, the editors––an engineer and a social scientist––delight the readers by taking a refreshingly new look at why and how. The book helps us appreciate the complexity of transboundary water disputes and improve our understanding of them.”
—Kaveh Madani, Visiting Professor, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London, UK

“A comprehensive and thorough treatment of the complex problem of transboundary water diplomacy. Essential reading for anyone wishing to better understand and address the challenges of sharing water across borders.”
—Scott Moore, Director, Penn Global China Program, University of Pennsylvania, USA

“This book makes a compelling case against the search for a general theory of transboundary water management. Instead, [the authors] show how complexity science and contingent analysis help us to think and act in context-specific terms for actionable outcome.”
—Lawrence Susskind, Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, MIT, USA

Author Information

Enamul Choudhury is a professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at Wright State University, USA. His teaching areas include courses in the master of public administration program and political science.

Shafiqul Islam is professor of civil and environmental engineering and professor of water diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA. Director of the Water Diplomacy Program, Islam works on availability, access and allocation of water within the context of climate challenges, health and diplomacy.

Series

Anthem Water Diplomacy Series

Table of Contents

Prologue, Enamul Choudhury and Shafiqul Islam; Part I: The Theoretical Framework for Understanding and Resolving the Problems of Transboundary Water Governance ; 1. Complexity and Contingency in Transboundary Water Governance, Shafiqul Islam and Enamul Choudhury; 2. The Meaning and Function of Enabling Conditions in Complex Systems, Enamul Choudhury and Shafiqul Islam; 3. Enabling Conditions in Transboundary Water Governance: The Indus Water Treaty and the Peace Treaty on Jordan Enamul Choudhury and Shafiqul Islam; Part II: Case Analysis on the Governance of Transboundary Rivers; 4. Transboundary Governance of the Colorado River, Kevin Wheeler; 5. The Resolve to Cooperate on Danube – Enabling Conditions for Transboundary Water Cooperation, Syed Tahira; 6. Agreement on Declaration of Principles on the GERD: Interdependence or Levelling the Nile Basin Playing Field?, Salman M. A. Salman; 7. The Ganges River Water Sharing Agreement between Bangladesh and India: In Search of New Mechanisms to Meet New Challenges, Ashok Swain; 8. Governance of the Brahmaputra Sub-basin: Exploring the Enabling Conditions, Nilanjan Ghosh and Jayanta Bandyopadhyay; Part III: Reflections of the Complexity and Enabling Condition Framework; 9. Reflections on Enabling Conditions through the Lens of Power Asymmetry; Naho Mirumachi; 10. Building a Shared Understanding in Water Management of the Colorado , River, Bruno Verdini; 11. Zayandehrud Water Conflict in Iran: How Can a Negotiated Approach Be Developed?, Mehdi Fasihi Harandi; 12. Hanasz on Ganges; 13. Hojjat on Senegal; Epilogue, Shafiqul Islam and Enamul Choudhury; Index.

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