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Transboundary Water Resources in Southern Africa: Conflict or cooperation?

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Literature suggests a linkage between internationally shared water resources and conflict potential. Anthony R. Turton, Marian J. Patrick and Frédéric Julien examine transboundary water resource management in southern Africa, showing that empirical evidence indicates a propensity to cooperation. They use the Hydropolitical Complex concept to explain why states might choose cooperation over conflict where a critical shared resource could limit future development potential.

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Turton, A., Patrick, M. & Julien, F. Transboundary Water Resources in Southern Africa: Conflict or cooperation?. Development 49, 22–31 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.development.1100269

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Keywords

  • hydropolitical complex
  • water wars
  • southern African development community
  • river basin management