Why States Co-operate over Shared Water: The Water Negotiations in the Jordan River Basin

  • Anders Jägerskog


The focus of this chapter is on foreign policy decision-making in circumstances of water scarcity. It focuses on how the issue of water has been treated in the negotiations within the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians and Israel and Jordan respectively. It also analyzes the implementation phase. The aim is to explain why and under what conditions co-operation between Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority has occurred and how it has functioned in the water sector. Based on an overall actor-structure framework of analysis the factors identified as being important in affecting the process and outcome is identified. The development of a shared system of norms, rules and procedures (herein labeled a water regime) for how to manage the water resource are seen as a vital explanatory variable for the water co-operation in the Jordan River Basin.


conflict cooperation Israel Jordan Palestine water regime 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anders Jägerskog
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  1. 1.Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)StockholmSweden

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