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U.S. Sponsored Conflict Resolution Through Cooperation in the Water Sector

  • Miriam Schafer
  • Elizabeth Lien

Abstract

This chapter examines U.S.-sponsored water dispute prevention and resolution programs on water issues between Palestinians and Israelis. The intent of these efforts has been to facilitate the development of water infrastructure, including water and wastewater systems in the Palestinian Authority and Israel. The report is based on reviews of project statements and ex-post interviews with program participants. The chapter describes some of the goals of program organizers and discusses whether those goals were and continue to be met. The chapter focuses on programs’ effect on conflict prevention and resolution as well as the results on the water and wastewater industry. Program participants were interviewed to establish their goals for each program in which they were involved, both prior to its commencement and how or why these goals may have adjusted as a result of their experience. These results are used to form recommendations for trilateral efforts between the U.S., the Palestinian Authority and Israel.

Keywords

Conflict resolution technical programs Texas water cooperation 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Miriam Schafer
    • 1
  • Elizabeth Lien
    • 2
  1. 1.LBJ School of Public Affairs Center for Middle Eastern StudiesThe University of Texas at AustinAustin
  2. 2.LBJ School of Public Affairs Center for Middle Eastern StudiesThe University of Texas at AustinAustin

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